September 26th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
14 years ago

Plan B proposed for Mississippi debate

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Workers put the finishing touches on the debate stage at the University of Mississippi on Thursday."]
OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - University of Mississippi Chancellor Robert Khayat said Friday morning that if GOP nominee McCain does not show for the first presidential debate at the school in Oxford, the format may include members of the audience to submit questions to the moderator, Jim Lehrer.

Lehrer would then pose the questions to Obama. It would take on a kind of town hall format, according to Khayat.

Watch: Will the debate go on?

Khayat said he will recommend that to the Debate Commission, which would make the final decision.

The debate was to focus on foreign policy and national security, but the economic crisis is likely to be a dominant issue as well.

Whether McCain intends to participate is up in the air, but Democratic opponent Barack Obama said it's still on as far as he's concerned.

Obama will fly to Oxford on Friday, according to his campaign.

Watch: What if McCain skips the debate?

On Thursday, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said he expects both candidates to attend Friday night's debate, even though McCain has said he'll only go if Congress reaches a deal on the bailout.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (255 Responses)
  1. Griffin, Michigan

    If McCain or Obama, for that matter, were so crucial in solving this crisis they would have been in Washington as soon as the need for a bailout was announced. Obama, called for calm while McCain announced the "Economy was fundamentally sound" and five days after the Paulsen plan was given (2 1/2 pages long) McCain admitted he hadn't read the plan. How important is it to McCain, if he did not take the time to read the plan!? He is out to lunch, and in his own words does not understand the economy.

    As Senators, neither of these gentleman are on the committee that is taking the lead, therefore they can add input, but there role is basically to place their vote. That said, they can use all of the wonderful technology (cell phone, webex, blackberry, email, fax, etc...) to share their ideas.

    McCain has gone to Washington, and not once stated his position on the bailout. Shame on the McCain campaign for providing the US citizens nothing but photos and no substance.

    Former McCain supporter!

    September 26, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. mcBush

    ====mcBush thinks we are stupid............are we???????

    September 26, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Independent

    Observers at the White House meeting:
    "Mr. McCain was at one end of the long conference table, Mr. Obama at the other, with the president and senior Congressional leaders between them. Participants said Mr. Obama peppered Mr. Paulson with questions, while Mr. McCain said little."

    What is McCain playing at? The House Republicans pulled the plug on the deal now so that it looks like McCain is riding to the rescue later. But McCain has nothing to contribute anyway! This is partisanship at its worst from McCain. He is putting the economy at risk so that he looks good. Unbelievable.

    September 26, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. andrew

    When mccain was asked the question in debate .. he would think and try how to lie again .. when the two minute times will up and he'd nothing to says.. shame on you mccain... i'm looking forward to count that how many times mccain says " my friend like we believe that " very annoying.. dear, mccain " you cann't win this election no way sorry for you "

    September 26, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |

    John is saving our economy and just like he saved us from the hurricane why debate with a loser who hates America. I want to see beautiful Sarah debate Biden who never saw Russia in his life!!!!

    September 26, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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