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. annie - never again a dem.

    Would someone please tell mean michell to stop trying to wear her hair like Jackie-O she couldn't wipe the dust off of Jackie O's shoes. Also, please tell her to keep her tonque in her mouth. Also please tell her to remind her husband he works for us, the tax payers and he should be doing his senatorial duties.

    September 25, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  2. k

    I agree the "shim" is unappealing! And, as a military spouse, I resent her 'pretending' to care about those like myself. She could never understand what it's like, and worse...she doesn't care despite her big horseface pretense to the contrary! Do either of them even know the differences in the branches of service? I bet not, let's ask some "gotcha" questions of the two on that topic! Commander-in-Chief, my behind!

    September 25, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  3. Andrea

    Michelle is wonderful- I am looking forward to her as our next First Lady!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. amelio

    i think michelle obama would be a better VP than palin who wants to go to war with russia. what nut!

    September 25, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  5. Olivia

    Some of Obamas supporters are saying that really bad things about sarah Palin and her family.
    Guns to shoot blacks and latinos?
    Accusations of incest?
    Are you people that evil? Was that aimed at her 7 yr old or the older girl?

    I hope this is brought up in the debate and i hope Obama has the decency to condemn this atrocious behavior by his supporters.
    CNN printed the incest blog, and that shouldn't happen. The remark is
    from someone in KC today on a closed article, on this page today.

    September 25, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  6. God Bless America

    Bush ran a Family Values Campaign. Where are the Family Values when Military fathers and mothers are ordered away from their children at the SAME TIME!!!!!! This war in Iraq is destroying our America!!!!! Tearing families apart at the seams.



    September 25, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  7. Bill Charlotte,NC

    Good for Michelle....

    September 25, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  8. Jill


    September 25, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  9. Steph

    OK, so Mrs. NObama is bringing her "military friend" to the foreign affairs debate... will she bring her "economic friend" to the economy debate?

    This "friend" is very clearly being used as an object to manipulate opinion of NObama's shortcomings in the foreign policy arena. This low behavior is just the latest gimmick in a long history of wool pulling.

    I totally respect the military way of life (I myself am an Army brat), but this attempt at pandering to the military community is nothing short of sickening! It takes more than sitting next to a hero to be one.

    But we can always call NObama if we need him! He's only a phone call away.....

    September 25, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  10. EG

    I say grab another major candidate and have a chat. Barr has reached out; I think Pastor Baldwin has too. They both have more coherent plans than McCain, so we'd actually have some beneficial discussions. I know we're not supposed to have more than the two state-sanctioned parties to choose from, but as we have this opportunity...

    ...come on media. Give us this one, please.

    ...and for the record Michelle would make a great first lady!

    September 25, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  11. Lexie

    It's refreshing to see a dignified woman on the campaign trail.

    September 25, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  12. You can't have my money

    Whoever told this woman she was a Jackie Onasis 2.0 should get their eyes checked.

    He/she is very masculine looking and the Darth Vador helmet hair doesn't help convince me he/she isn't some sort of transgendered freak of nature.

    I can't imagine anyone thinking she is attractive at all.

    September 25, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  13. Helen, NY

    This is another joke. She must be feeling American just now.

    September 25, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  14. travis p

    Obama's wife knows a soldier's wife? I believe she now officially has more foreign policy experience than her inexperienced hubby!

    September 25, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  15. Geeque, Chicago,IL

    Michelle Obama
    Undergraduate Degree:
    Princeton University

    Law Degree:
    Harvard Law School


    Cindy McCain
    Undergraduate Degree:
    University of Southern California

    Graduate School:
    Distributing Beer

    September 25, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  16. GA for Obama

    Superficial Guy- watch her rallies and'll like her

    September 25, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  17. John from LA

    Oh Michelle-Go home and take care of your children and your job-NO ONE CARES what you do!-ABW

    September 25, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  18. ginger

    Michelle Obama is such a beautiful mother, wife, sister, daughter, and American. She comes from very, very humble beginnings and has emerged to be a very likeable woman. She has great style and is a great role model to all of America's children. Like Michelle's father I have MS and it's not easy to live with. I'm sure her father would really proud of her right now.

    September 25, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  19. LJinLACA

    Way to go Michelle...

    As for the haters, it is silly to suggest she would not be a good first lady...

    If McCain really wants to debate, he can fulfill that desire tomorrow. 60 to 100 million of us will be watching...

    September 25, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  20. GA for Obama

    Scott Tucson- b/w Michelle and Cindy, and military families as witness, Michelle understands the military familes needs..being a POW or veteran does NOT mean he understands them McCain voted 23 times against Veterans benefits

    September 25, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  21. Olivia

    Correction......the reference was towards blacks and jews, and I think it had to do with a simlar remark made by a black guy at a rally in Florida for obama recently.
    The incest accusation was made towards the Palin family a couple of days ago also. I was shocked, and even more so to see it again here for the second time on CNN.

    September 25, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  22. annie - never again a dem.

    barry hussein obama is still a senator and still taking a salary from the tax payers so he should be working on this bailout plan also. Not that he would have any ideas, but he should be working not posing for the press. "If you need me, call me" How arrogant and stupid. No one needs him anywhere near the government.

    September 25, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  23. malclave

    Personally, I think McCain should debate.

    If he feels his presence at the negotiations in Washington are too important, Palin should go debate Obama in his place. Granted, that would help Obama out a lot, by placing him up against someone of roughly equivalent preparation for the office of President.

    If Palin does take McCain's place in the Presidential debate, then she should sit out the Vice Presidential debate. No worries, though... jsut give her time to Biden, and let him keep talking. He'll make the McCain campaign's points himself, given the chance.

    September 25, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  24. Americans

    The repulicans don't have a clue. They keep talking about Obama was scared to debate McCain in the town halls. Obama was to smart to fall for that trick and but I see the repulicans on here still did not see the trick being played. McCain at the time was only pulling in a few hundred people to his town halls and the media was not covering him, he was short on money so he wanted to debate Obama in his town hall meetings because Obama draws a bigger crowed and is always covered by the media, so he wanted the free marketing by using Obama to reach more people.

    So for all you repulican supporters who think Obama was scared you are the idiots because you did not see the play being made Obama did. McCain tried it again by trying to postphone this debate but again Obama was to smart to fall for it. Do any of you republicans wonder why McCain is always asking Obama to do something he request? It is his way to try and make himself look like the leader and everytime Obama don't agree he looks worst. Obama knows the game and a leader set the tone not follow it. McCain entire campaign has been based on tricks, like the Celeb ads, Palin pick all the atack ads and now the debate postphonement. Are you guys really that stupid to fall for a trick master instead of a real leader. By the way where is Palin?

    September 25, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  25. Democrat Voting For McCain !!!

    Just A Stunt , Pandering For Votes !!!! Very Sad !!!!!

    September 26, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
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