Presidential Debate a Go After McCain Relents

Sep 26, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has decided to attend the first of three nationally televised presidential debates with Democratic candidate Barack Obama after earlier saying he wanted to delay the event to deal with the financial crisis facing the U.S.
The McCain-Obama faceoff, sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, will air at 9 p.m. Eastern tonight in Oxford, Miss. The event had been under a cloud of uncertainty since Wednesday afternoon, when the Republican candidate announced he was seeking a postponement and suspending his campaign to focus getting an economic rescue plan passed.
Progress on that rescue plan stalled yesterday after a meeting in Washington between President George Bush, legislators and the two candidates.
Even after Sen. McCain earlier in the week said he wouldn’t attend the debate, the Commission and the University of Mississippi had declared their intentions to proceed with an event that had been scheduled for months and involved local costs of several million dollars.
Sen. Obama had called for the debate to proceed.
TV news organizations had gone forward with their plans for coverage of the 90-minute debate, with most major anchors originating from New York and correspondents on the ground in Mississippi.
The New York Times posted a statement from McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers that said Sen. McCain “is optimistic that there has been significant progress toward a bipartisan agreement now that there is a framework for all parties to be represented in negotiations” and that “the McCain campaign is resuming all activities and the Senator will travel to the debate this afternoon.”
(Editor: Baumann)


  1. With his recent stunts, John McCain has demonstrated he is too erratic to be President. What he is going to do if he’s President and a major crisis hits, suspend the Constitution?

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  3. Between the tanking economy that he said was basically sound only a week ago, Palin’s implosion, Bush’s record, his own staff scandals and now Letterman catching him in a lie, McCain is a wounded animal and as such, he’s erratic, dangerous and vulnerable.
    With the right blend of caution and courage, Barack can make decisive gains if not put the election away tonight.

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