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September 24th, 2008
04:59 PM ET

Should the first presidential debate be postponed?

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Senator John McCain suddenly announced this afternoon he is suspending his campaign and returning to Washington to lend a hand in the search for a solution to the nation’s deepening financial crisis.

President Bush is expected to address the nation later this evening and try to convince Americans the situation is so dire that Congress must pass the proposed $700 billion bailout bill. Trouble is, the public isn’t so sure it wants to hand the government another blank check for that much money.

McCain has also called for the postponement of the first presidential debate scheduled for this Friday night in Mississippi.

Watch: Cafferty: Postpone 1st debate?

Barack Obama says the debate should go on as scheduled. It might be helpful, particularly to voters who remain undecided, to hear the two men who want to lead the country for the next four years discuss their ideas for solving what is arguably the worst financial crisis to hit the United States since the Great Depression.

Here’s my question to you: In light of the financial crisis, should the first presidential debate be postponed?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Kathleen from Oak Park, Illinois writes:
You're kidding, right? Sen. McCain can't think the American people– and especially the all-important undecided independents– are naive enough to be fooled by this latest stunt. If McCain can't juggle several challenges at once, what will he do in the White House? And if he wants to go to Washington, relocate the debate to D.C. Study up, John. America is waiting to hear what you have to say Friday night!

David from New Jersey writes:
McCain is just trying to avoid the debate because he won't be able to handle the questions. It is that simple.

Susan writes:
Absolutely not. John McCain called off the Republican Convention the day George Bush was set for his live address, citing Hurricane Gustav. He chose the woefully inexperienced Sarah Palin and is now preventing the American public from hearing from her, or even seeing her beyond staged photo ops. Now he wants to delay the debates out of concern for the finances of the nation? I have one question for you, John McCain: just how stupid do you think I am?

Stan from Buffalo Gap, Texas writes:
Jack, absolutely the Friday night debate should take place. Under the current circumstances, however, the topic should be the economy instead of foreign policy. Now more than ever we need to hear from both the candidates on how to deal with this dire situation involving the financial markets and potentially affecting all of us. Bring on the debates!!

Eric writes:
I'm with McCain on this one. There is still plenty of time to schedule the debate for another day and be able to express his opinions. But now is not the time for debating over the future, when such an important crisis needs to be dealt with now. Once a plan has been approved, and we know what we're doing, then discuss the future.

Sam writes:
No. This is McCain's way of trying to sneak out of having to face economic issues. He fears Obama has the lead in the polls and wants to short-circuit that. Both senators can register their ideas with the Congress without being present.

Paul writes:
Sure. Although, since one candidate broke and ran, it might be a bit one-sided, wouldn't you say? We see who needs the Washington comfort zone now.


Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (551 Responses)
  1. Rich from Chicago (where we vote early and often)

    No. Next question.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  2. Sherryl, Keokuk, Iowa

    So President McCain's going to ask the next hurricane if it could please postpone hitting the U.S. as we are already busy with another problem? This is unbelievable, and a transparent political ploy.
    Our president has to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  3. Rachel

    Yes, I believe that would be a great idea. I believe that is why Obama called McSame this morning in addition to working together to come up with a plan, he was looking at how they should handle the campaigns. Of course, McSame chose to use this as a political stunt by holding and press conference and making it seem like it was his idea. I guess I would do the same is each day my lead keeps shrinking.

    Rachel, Atlanta

    September 24, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  4. tom urmston

    tom in phoenix no no no no no the american people want to hear what they have to say mc cain has not voted since april,obama since july and now all the sudden because the bush campaign says the economy is collapsing they decide to react remember they also said there were w m d 's in iraq sounds like another scam the debates must go on and on and on

    September 24, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  5. Mary Reed

    Sherman Oaks, CA

    Absolutely not. All the more reason to have a debate. Doesn't the President of the United States have to balance more than one thing at once? This is an excellent opportunity to see how the candidates handle themselves under pressure and if they can't work with each other in congress during the day and talk about foreign policy at night, then I don't want them to be president.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  6. JJ Man

    We need a vigorous president that can multitask and deal with more than one important issue. The election and selection of candidates in this financial mess is as important as working on the solution to this mess. In fact, it should be THE SOLUTION to the mess of the past 8 years.
    No McCain mulligan!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  7. KG

    Do not cancel the debate. The public wants to see what these two guys are made of. If McCain weasels out with a lame excuse, he only looks bad. It looks like McCain is afraid to debate. It is just a theatrical trick. McCain thinks the public is stupid. McCain looks like a idiot who is all over the wall in a crisis. Everyday he has some new ploy.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  8. Allen from Pa.

    No it should go on.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  9. Ione Dombowsky - CANADA

    ABSOLUTEY NOT JACK! There is no reason. If McCain is as "experienced" as he claims – why is he using this Bail Out mess as an excuse to avoid this debate. He is afraid of Obama! Let the debate go forward.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  10. Dianne

    NO. Let the Debates begin!

    This 'so-called' crisis won't be voted on until the weekend. The Debate is Friday night. McCain & Obama can then fly to Washington to 'weigh-in' on this matter before Congress.

    This is nothing but a "Political Ploy". Infact, I am beginning to think this whole crisis is FABRICATED to hijack the Election.

    Enough is Enough! Get on with the Debates!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  11. David

    Absolutely not. There are plenty of qualified people working on the potential bail-out. The two candidates have limited opportunities to face each other and to give the voting public a chance to compare and contrast. McCain is doing this out of desperation. The issues clearly favor Senator Obama. With already sagging poll numbers, a bad showing at the dabate could effectively seal this election for Senator Obama.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  12. Mort Hoss

    Absolutely not!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  13. Rod from, Allentown, PA

    Maybe it should be. Maybe it will give Senator Biden and Obama time to cook up a story on why they voted to fund the road to nowhere, not only once, but twice. What do you think Jack?

    September 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  14. Angela Chicago

    No The debate should go on. Yesterday McCain was in a solar panel plant not talking about the economy at all. McCain is using every way possible to avoid Barrack and avoid facing the truth. He can never out speak or out think Barrack and the longer he can steer clear the safer he feels. But, we the people know. I hope that the voting American public will see through his schemes and tricks and elect the man( Barrack) and not the mouse(McCain).

    September 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  15. jim

    If you were McCain would could you defend the last years of Republican "trickle down" economics. How soon we forget Regan's 2nd term almost busted this nation. We have been SOLD OUT!!
    JIM
    CHARLOTTE,NC

    September 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  16. Gene Gallegos

    Hello Jack,

    No the Presidential debate should not be postponed. This is a political stunt by Mcain. Obama has him running scared back to his daddy Bush! Cant congress do any thing? Its quite simpe , no BAIL OUT!

    Albuquerque New Mexico

    September 24, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  17. Debbie, Florida

    No way No how No McCain???????

    September 24, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  18. Donna in Dallas, TX

    Most certainly NOT..this crisis won't be over by Nov.4...what then? Are we going to postpone the election?????

    This election has been dragging on for too long...time to move it along..the economy will be there, people watching the debates may not be!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  19. Lynn Bullock

    jack,

    ABSOLUTELY NOT!

    how about they go back to washington to deal with the issue, but continue with the debate - maybe from washington...

    we need to hear the debate - even in the midst of the crisis (and i'm not so sure that it is a crisis), we need to elect a new president - badly - and that means we have to hear all the debates - if mccain isn't practiced enough for the first debate by now... he never will be... which is exactly what i think this stunt indicates ...

    if he's planning on speaking at the senate hearings, evidently he's prepared for that - maybe the first debate should focus on the "crisis"

    just a thought

    lynn bullock
    perkasie, pa

    September 24, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  20. carol dalessandro

    Obama should suggest this:

    1.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  21. E B. Atlanta

    This Debate proves to be a "crisis" for the McCain/Palin camp. People will still watch if it went on. If he wanted to work on the finacial "crisis" soooo bad, he should have been there bright and early on Monday.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  22. mr.singh

    No absolutley not!

    This is unconventional: If McCain doesn't show up on debate night, then Obama & Biden can explain to Americans their vision for America, because no amount of bailout to financial corporations is going to help Americans when they've already lost their houses & pensions, paying high gas/food/insurance/health prices, and then we're going to get strapped w/ this bailout-that's 10,000 per taxpayer! See, we Americans don't win w/ this bailout! Obama & Biden can remind us where Republicans went wrong! The real reason McCain wants this delay is because he can't explain the mess his party has made! He's coward!

    If McCain suspends his campaign, then Obama wins! Simple!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  23. Linda

    Absolutely not. IF we fall for this, then they'll have an excuse to
    "delay the elections too."
    Don't go there.
    Dangerous precendent.
    McCain is too scared to debate and too scared to be
    President.
    Forget the whole thing.
    Ohio

    September 24, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  24. Mark - Asheville, NC

    It could be changed to economics and finance. The problem is that NEITHER nominee knows much about these subjects, and such a debate might panic the public even more. It might be well to simply postpone the first debate – there is plenty of time later.

    But blind faith that one nominee in particular (and we all know who that is) will solve this economic crisis is just that – naive hope born of 18 months of media brainwashing. Neither one is FDR! Not even close...

    September 24, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  25. Linda

    No, I think McCain is not ready and will play hooky to avoid the debate. He and Obama could debate and then he can go to Washington, if he wants. The solution of the bail out , it theat is going to be what it is, should not be done in hast. They better be sure they know what they are doing before the do it. Do not susspend the campaigns.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  26. Bill in Butler, Ky

    Hell no, Jack, we want to hear these guys talk about what they are planning on doing with this deal. Cop out on McCain's part.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  27. Wendell

    No the first debate should not be postponded. If the vice president is suppose to be ready at a moments notice to take over for The President, then why don't the vice presidential nominees step in and debate Friday, while both Sen. McCain and Obama go to Washington. The Senators can debate in Oct when the Vice Presidential candidates were to debate. Gov. Palin stated she is ready and didn't blink when Sen McCain asked her to be his Vice President, lets see if she is READY...Maybe we can finally see what the McCain campaign has been trying to hide.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  28. miles zaremski

    The presidential debate should NOT be canceled. We need to hear from them in person so we can determine who should run our country for the next four years. This move by McCain sure smells – – – why can't he debate Obama and then return to DC late that night or very early Sat. am if he feels his presence was needed? Or, why can't he participate via teleconference and then fly from Oxford, Miss. to DC? And, when did McCain ever take a leadership issue on any economic issues in the Senate in the last 26 years? What he is doing is nothing more than a stunt to get out of debating the issues, including the economy – – – knowing he is dropping in the polls everyday now.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  29. Jackie in Dallas

    Probably, but that actually plays more to Obama's campaign than to McCain's. It was the only debate he had a ghost of a chance winning, but instead he'll be trying to find a way to deflect the issues of the crisis caused by deregulation that he fully supported. That means the focus will be on the economy - not his strong suit.

    But as critical as the financial crisis is, the debates could be just as important. The debates and the candidates performances will be one factor that influences many of the undecided voters in the country.

    One thing Obama must do is use this opportunity to show his leadership, and ability to reach bi-partisan agreement!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  30. Jeni G. SC

    The mere suggestion of postponing says that only one thing at a time can be handled by a President. I do not trust this is not grandstanding. I also would not be surprise if it is all a set up by Bush/Republicans and McCain to have him be against the President to seperate them more and then have him lead to aligh tne REpublicans toward a united decision.

    The debates should go on and if McCain does not show, all the better!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  31. Jennifer/Nebraska

    Hell, no! Everyone needs to have their blinders taken off and start using their brains. Obama will tear McCain apart and I want to see it.
    McCain suspending his campaign and debate is only proving his ineptitude regarding the office of President of the United States. Let's be revolutionary and Tell The TRUTH!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  32. carol dalessandro

    Obama should suggest this to McCain:

    1. Move the debate to Wash DC on Friday night
    2. Change the topic from Foreign Relations to the Economy

    How do you think McCain will respond? Makes sense to me

    September 24, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  33. Kenneth John Johnson

    I responded to the wrong blog. No I do not think that the presidential debate should be postponed. It is two hours, slightly longer than dinner with a friend. These men are applying for a job. As his potential employer, I think I will learn more in those two hours about these two applicants than all the spin I have observed in the past 18 months. Let the debate happen, then go back to work on Saturday.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  34. RickM FL

    They should debate on Friday. I have been planing on watching Obama, our future President, show the American voters just how out of touch John McCain really is.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  35. Mindy Mpls Mn

    Yes the debate should go on. Why is this an issue?

    September 24, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  36. shirley thibodeaux

    NO!NO! NO!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  37. will

    Poor John McCain, if this stunt doesn’t work just keep trying maybe something will work in his favor. John just wants to win so bad he would just create any drama do take the focus off of the real issues, and he know he will be getting his ass kicked by Barack Obama in that Debate on Friday. Poor John McCain!

    McCain = no change

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 24, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  38. NYMinnesota

    No way! The debate should be about how to fix this problem. What better way to get everyone in Americas attention then to have a presidential debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  39. Beverly Richardson

    No the first debate should not be postponed. From his first request that he and Obama have six joint town meetings to his treatment of Sara Palin and now, his request that the debate be postponed, he has shown that he is a control freak. If we think Bush is bad, McCain will try to control and have his way in every situation.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  40. Eva Bennett

    Absolutely not! McCain is really in a panic and has already admitted he has nothing to add to any economic solution. If everyone can see him in a less controlled situation like a debate, it's likely to show that he is probably beginning to suffer from a bit of senile dementia and this must be known before people vote! Eleven states are voting now. Those citizens must be allowed to see what an awful state McCain's mind is in before they cast their ballots! (as if Palin was not enough...or Sunnis v Shiias...or bomb, bomb, bomb...or...)
    Eva from Alaska

    September 24, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  41. Terri NY

    Absolutely not!

    Let's hear the thoughts of our new potential leader. McCain is postponing the inevitable. He is no match for Obama on this forum.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  42. Teresa

    absolutely NOT.... move it to Washington DC so they can still be involved in the Senate and take a couple hours out of their evening for the debate.... sounds to me like John McSame is scared of the Debate.. I really am surprised he didn't suggest a town hall meeting instead!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  43. Tino

    NO!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  44. Eva Bennett

    Absolutely not! McCain is really in a panic and has already admitted he has nothing to add to any economic solution. If everyone can see him in a less controlled situation like a debate, it's likely to show that he is probably beginning to suffer from a bit of senile dementia and this must be known before people vote! Eleven states are voting now. Those citizens must be allowed to see what an awful state McCain's mind is in before they cast their ballots! (as if Palin was not enough...or Sunnis v Shiias...or bomb, bomb, bomb...or the fundamentals of our economy are strong...or...)
    Eva from Alaska

    September 24, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  45. Butch in SC

    No WAY should the debate be postponed. Does he think he's fooling us?

    I don't believe for a minute that he wants to go over the economy! He's been in the Senate for 36 yrs or so... why NOW? Besides....since when do Senators READ the BILLS they sign! Remember the vote on WMDs?
    Their aides do that and give them the gist of it in a sentence or so..

    McCain obviously isn't ready, and is trying to buy time. Possibly Palin
    too.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  46. Josh - Nashvile, Tn.

    NO!!! We can't allow the political process to stall. What's next? The election? McCain has shown that he would rather stall democracy than lose an election.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  47. SEA

    NO. Format can be changed/expanded to include the Economic discussion but allow McCain to call for it to be postponed is a weak method to avoid public exposure about his abilities to be President–oh, he thinks he is President already, and Washington NEEDS HIM TO SAVE AMERICA.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  48. Ed

    John McCain is just grandstanding. He's already admitted he knows nothing about the economy so why is he suspending his campaign and going back to Washington? Shame on you John McCain. Personally, I think you're scared!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  49. Rebecca Terrell

    Absolutely not. There is no magic remedy in some proposal passing Congress THIS PARTICULAR Friday. The financial mess and the bail-out pushers will just have to wait a few more days. People need to hear these two men discuss the major issues of this campaign face to face. The debate should proceed as scheduled.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  50. William LaRocque

    No.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  51. Steve in Casper, WY

    No way. Now is the time when Americans need to know exactly where the candidates stand on all of the issues. McCain wasn't afraid to miss key votes in order to fund raise in the past. This seems like gimmickry to me, especially since he is being very coy about which way he will vote on the bailout.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  52. Angela M from CA

    No! Americans should hear the next president's ideas on the crisis and the foreign policy debate as planned. If Barack Obama is so unqualified, inexperienced and not ready to be Commander in Chief, then why is John McCain so afraid to face him? Supposedly, this is McCain's strength so why is he hiding? If McCain and Palin were ready to be president, they would not have to hide from the American people. Disgraceful!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  53. Sola G

    No. The presidential debate SHOULD NOT be postponed as this gives us a chance to get to know more about the candidates running for the office of presidency. We have ample and qualified people in Washington already dealing with this financial crisis, as I do not see how having McCain and Obama in Washington will change any decisions.

    Senator McCain did not have to suspend his campaign due to this financial crisis, as I believe it is taking attention away from the upcoming presidential elections.

    Atlanta, GA

    September 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  54. karen-phoenix

    NO. McCain is coping out because he is responsible for this mess on Wall Street. He was head of the commerce commission and deregulated all the rules that were put in after the crash of 1929 so his rich cronnies could get richer. He should have gone to jail with the Keating 5 so maybe this time he can spend the rest of his life in jail for this one!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  55. Tounuscan Moreland

    Hell no! most people want a man who can Walk and chew gum at the same time in the white house. Why run for president if u are not able to Multitask? McCain should step it up a notch to keep up with Obama.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  56. Bob Myers

    The first debate should absolutely not be postponed. It is bad enough that McCain won’t let his running mate answer questions from the press (or anyone in an unscripted environment).

    The McCain campaign is crying about unfair coverage of his running mate, then shielding her from any real press coverage. Now McCain wants to hide from questions himself. What is he afraid of? All of this amounts to McCain trying to control the media.

    Don’t let him get away with it.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  57. Anthony D.

    Unless he or Obama is personally drafting legislation on this issue. One word, multitask.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  58. Eunhee

    No. No.No. This debate will be also the one of the process to clean this economic mess. Can McCain do both debating and focusing in economic crisis?

    September 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  59. Simone from New Jersey

    There is no reason why they can't do both. If McCain wants to be President, he better learn to multi-task.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  60. Barbara McBroom

    No it shouldn't be postponed. This is just a last ditch, grand stand action from McCain because he is afraid. He can say he gets it about the economy & how dire things are for all of us ordinary people but he doesn' t. How can anyone who owns seven homes & has the money that he has understand what it is like to try to keep a roof over ones head & keep food on the table. McCain is running scared. He is shirking a confrontation with OBama. I wonder if he will do the same if he gets elected President & a situation come about that becomes uncomfortable or will make him look bad. That is a very scary thought

    September 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  61. EDB - Indiana

    NO!!!! Look Obama and McCain haven't voted in Congress since July and April respectively. If they want to help move the debate to Washington DC and on break have the debate in a small setting with no audience ... just a commentator. Both of them should be able to multi-task and help Congress and take a 3 hour break to have a common sense debate. They don't need to suspend their campaigns. There is no reason to NOT have the debate on Friday unless McCain is scared and pulling a Palin (avoiding cameras and microphones). If McCain were not doing this for political purposes than he would have called Obama on the telephone and discussed how to proceed and adjust. MAN UP MCCAIN!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  62. David M. New Jersey

    McCain is just trying to avoid the debate because he won't be able to handle the questions.

    It is that simple. He is just a war hero and everyone recognized that fact.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  63. Linda

    Absolutely not! With all the serious issues facing the U.S. (financial meltdown, Iraq War, Afganistan War, oil prices, etc) these debates are more important than ever. While I don't have a problem with the candidates halting their TV and radio commercials, the debates need to go on so the American public can make an informed decision on who to vote for.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  64. elle

    absolutely not...it will be a logistic nightmare and in see this as nothing more than a publicity stunt by McCain

    September 24, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  65. MOM

    Holding the debate would not prevent action on the bailout for handling the financial crisis. McCain and Obama are both senators, but even as such, neither has primary "say" on this issue, though the one that is elected will certainly be dealing with it after January 20th! This makes electing the right one even more important. The debate will help determine this more than any ads or sound bites. The debate should NOT be postponed.

    MOM Ithaca, NY

    September 24, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  66. beth

    McCain won't let Palin talk to the press because he knows she knows NOT what she is talking about! She has the ability to look you right in the eye and lie to you, the public. The well known "bridge to nowhere" where she was for it before she was against it, but took our tax dollars anyway. And who speaks in "tongue" these days, only the farthest of of the far right, who believes we don't really need government because God will do it for us. Is this what we want?

    September 24, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  67. Jay in Texas

    No ! Not only should they not be postponed but Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader should be invited to participate. Nader has been warning us for years about the dangers of corporate welfare. Now, we are seeing the results of our elected representatives, like Senators Obama, McCain, and Biden, ignoring his warnings because they were too busy giving our country away to the Giant Corporations who finance their campaigns.
    Brownwood, Texas

    September 24, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  68. meena

    Comeon give me a break! The goof heads politicians let alone do not work on any given day and do u expect me to believe they will work on a fri night? I wanna the debate to take place on fri as scheduled.
    Obama do not fall for Mccain stupid suggestion.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  69. Greg in Burbank

    Let the debate happen. We need to see these two candidates talk and be questioned. This is not a political stunt. If John can't get on a podium and talk about his thoughts, ideas and beliefs under pressure, then sir, step down and retire.

    It is time to stand up and make your words speak.

    Debate. Debate. Debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  70. Rhodesia Ransom

    No. We can not allow McCain to remain in hiding! This country needs answers now from the candidates regarding not only this economic crisis, but also the other issues on the table. This attempt to look like a great bi-partisan american is just another McCain diversion. 1st they want everyone to be so wrapped up in Sarah Palin they forget the issues and now this. If he can't handle more than one issue at a time maybe he should step down.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  71. Beverly

    Absolutely not – McCain hasn't voted on anything in months so why is this different. He is just show boating – and putting off the situation of being uninformed at the debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  72. linn

    how many different ways are there to say "NO"?

    September 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  73. MIKE from Iowa

    It has always "irked" me that members of government take time off their jobs to run for an office.
    I have wanted this debate for a very long time now.
    however, right now its time for our elected officials to get their butts in their seats and DO THEIR JOBS!
    If the debate delayed for a week or two oh well

    September 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  74. Walter in Ely, Nevada

    I don’t think I could put it any better then that statement issued today by US Senator Harry Reid of Nevada:

    “It would not be helpful at this time to have them come back during these negotiations and risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation’s economy, We need leadership, not a campaign photo op.”

    September 24, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  75. Gary

    Are you kidding me! A guy who can't keep track of Seven Houses is going to tell us how to allocate a 700 Billion Dollar bail out. What a joke.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  76. G E Davenport

    I am in complete agreeement with you Jack. I want to hear what both of these candidates have to say about the economy and what they will do, as president, to correct it. I think that McCain is using this as nothing more than an excuse to get out of something that he fears..facing Sen. Obama in a debate..when his, McCain's poll numbers are falling. Just another trick..in a long line of dirty tricks that Republican's have used over the years to hoodwink the people of the United States. McCain is nothing more than a Bush clone and he knows it...and the Ameican people are becoming more aware of it day by day. Postponing the first, or any of the debates, is a terrible idea and I do not buy McCain's excuse for one minute.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  77. gretchen in PA

    Absolutely not – now more than ever the American public need to see who will be taking charge within the next couple months – if a presidential candidate cannot handle a debate on foreign affairs while also addressing the economic crises we face, how could he possible expect to handle the multiple hot issues that arise while in office – sorry, but crisis mode calls for someone that can intelligently multitask – the option to put selective events 'on hold' is not an option available in the real world – but then, McCain does not live in the real world.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  78. beth

    The debate should go on the debate as scheduled this Friday night. Apparently, McCain feels he is not up to the task, and probably doesn't have any idea what he should be deciding about the financial mess. Only two more days to go until Friday night. Surely, he could fly to Washington after that!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  79. Eric

    Jack,
    It is more important to hear from both in a debate, now more than ever. We need to see who can make the best run for president. Who ever it is, it's not going to be an easy ride. Who is the more suitable? Who can try to get a hadle on the economy? Who is going to make sure our jobs and finances don't go down the toilet? There's alot of questions for both to deal with.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  80. AC in NYC

    Debate,Debate,Debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  81. Janice, Southern Illinois

    Jack,
    I am not sure that the two are mutually exclusive. Old Mac just isn't prepared (even with a nap), and wants to use the bailout crisis as an excuse and delay tactic. Any self respecting presidential candidate should be able to multi-task. Let the debate proceed!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  82. Valorie, TN

    Absolutely not!! I'm watching Senator Obama right now and I agree with him that he can still campaign and keep himself informed on what is going on in Congress. There is no reason the topic of the debate cannot be changed in order for them to address the bailout plan. What Senator McCain did was nothing more than a political stunt. Besides, he's just hoarding as much money as he can to use after they finally do pass a bailout plan.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  83. Victor P

    I think the American public know an Oklahoma Flip when they see one! !

    First he is trying to convince everyone Palin is qualified, now he is trying to be fiscal hero when he is clearly out of touch with main street.

    America needs a new leader, why is he stalling when he knows he still has a vote and a huge say in what happens as a presidential candidate.

    Standing around in Washington with your hands in your pockets won't help the American people, have the debates!!.. Oh yeah thats right the straight talk express is running on Empty, like hundreds of cars parked outside of gas stations across America.

    Niagara Falls, Ontario
    Canada

    September 24, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  84. Marlette

    NO. The debate should proceed as scheduled. The American people need to hear from these two men. The election will not be postponed and neither should the debates.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  85. Spencer

    The economic crisis has been going on for years, while McCain was already in Washington. Where was his concern when he annouced his candidacy, during the primaries, or the convention. Obama should keep his schedule and show up for the debate with or without McCain.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  86. Jack in New York

    Jack, I feel for McCain. When I was in school, I too put off studying for my exams until the last minute and at some point started entertaining ways to get out of it. Only I didn't go as far as trying to get the exam postponed! I pulled an all nighter. Later in life, I grew up and stopped being such a "maverick".

    September 24, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  87. Conner, Grand Forks, ND

    No. It's time to see who the real leader is... time for Obama to realize he can't teleprompter his way to the White House, and time for McCain to step up and face the issues at hand.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  88. toshi

    Yes. The economic crisis is more important right now. The debates can be post poned next week too.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  89. Shikha Menon

    May be Sen. Obama should suggest that if Friday's presidential debate is to be postponed then the vice presidential debate ought to preponed and be held in its place on that same day.

    My bet is suddenly McCain would change his mind about postponing the Friday evening debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  90. Red State Ronnie

    McCain leads goes to washington, Obama runs attack ads... prepares for a debate... Who is putting the country first?

    September 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  91. FLewis

    No, no, no. Absolutely not.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  92. Lynn Forbus

    no.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  93. Franco

    Absolutely!
    A debate can be postponed and talk on this issue can occur. What America needs now is action and not words. I think Paul Begala also suggested that both candidates be present in Washington. We need leadership, signs of it....ENOUGH TALK!

    The debate could happen on Monday for crying out loud. I think this is a major blunder by the Obama campao

    September 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  94. Brian

    McCain and Palin are both chickens running away from debates and interviews. Pathetic cowards! Both of them! McCain should just drop out of the race. He's not a real candidate!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  95. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    No Jack,
    I think the American People have waited long enough for this debate. This is just another ploy of the mccain camp and I really wish someone would put a stop to this. Where are the supreme court justices when we need them to intercede and do what is right for the American people?

    Another thing Jack, haven't the mccain camp already asked for special things in the VP debate?

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  96. Sandi from California

    These guys need to concentrate on what's happening to the "little people" that they have claimed to care about and want to work for! There's plenty of time for their debates....have two or three a week. I don't care!!! Just get this mess straightened out so I can concentrate on who's going to be President instead of will I have a car and enough money for gas to get to my Polling Place !!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  97. Pam

    NO!!!!! Just change the subject of the debate to the economy. Senator McCain is trying to buy time. It is just mor of the same stuff as the Bush administration deals us.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  98. Fred

    Yes!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  99. Bo in Huntington, WV

    The debate is even more important now. It should go on. The first half of the debate should be about our financial crisis and foreign policy should be the subject of the second half of the debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  100. amanda hamilton

    this is a cheap political trick as McCain is down in the polls and he cannot compare or compete with Obama's brilliant mind.
    Shame on Mccain.
    Vancouver canada

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  101. Tina Queens, NY

    No, it should not–but I'd be willing to have the theme changed from Foreign Affairs to the Economy if that makes Mccain feel more patriotic.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  102. Jolly Potter, NY

    No. change the debate to the Economy...it's the No 1 issue and needs to be discussed now....and don't let McCain try and score some cheap political point by appearing to be "so concerned about the economy" when he already admitted he knows nothing about it and probably would be subpoenaed if they ever had some Government Inquiry into this financial catastrophe.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  103. Michelle T in San Diego, CA

    Are you kidding me, Jack? Senator John "The fundamentals of our economy are strong" McCain has seen how most Americans blame him and the Republicans for the economic mess we're in and is running take cover by pretending to be bi-partisan and Presidential. But ducking out of the debate isn't Presidential, it's pathetic.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  104. Henrick in ILLINOIS (Independent)

    No...No...No....

    It's time to face each other and express to the American people what they intend to do when elected... It's tme to answer our questions.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  105. yahya issalmou

    no, Its a political hail mary that mccain is trying to pull in order to show fake leadership. as obama said, "presidents can do many tasks at the same time" , Obama spot on

    September 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  106. Jason (Detroit, MI)

    I am pleased to see so many people see this thing the way I see it: As another cheap, desperate, grandstanding, "Look At Me, I'm a Leader" political publicity stunt from John McCain. This reeks of what Rudy Giuliani tried to pull in the aftermath of 9/11 when he wanted to postpone NY's Mayoral Elections. It's even more suspect considering it just so happens to be arounf the same time the controversies with Rick Davis and Sarah Palin trying to ban media members is hitting the fan. Let Congress and Bush handle the Economy for now.

    Let the Debates Begin!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  107. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Anyone who thinks that John McCain is afraid to debate on national security, is delusional.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  108. LA From FL

    No way, No how, No McCain't

    This is a gimmick!!!!!!!!!
    A president should be able to multi-task. Is McCain't too old?

    Perhaps he should send Palin to speak for him instead

    September 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  109. Julie

    Because Palin, like Bush, is "intellectually incurious" (what a euphemism), and is unable to answer questions off-script. She, like Bush, cannot think on her feet, and cannot talk about anything she doesn't have prepared notes for. Her interview with Charlie Gibson recently shows just how unprepared and incompetent she is. It's also that performance that has the McCain people keeping the press away. He, too, knows now that she is just a Barbie doll–all lipstick and no substance. Hopefully, after the joke of an appearance at the UN, voters will see through her thin veneer and realize there's nothing there. And you're right, Jack, voters are not being given enough credit. McCain thinks we're morons, but the joke's on him this time, and the rest of the hacks he has working for him. We've learned after 8 years of Bush/Cheney how to spot a lie.

    September 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  110. Shafi Alam

    It was John McCain’s idea that as he may do better in the debate about foreign policy, he asked for it and Obama campaign agreed.

    Instead of asking for delay of the debate, he could delay for another four years to run for president. It’s very clear that he is nervous being afraid that he may have to concede the election.

    Shafi Alam
    Tokyo, Japan

    September 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  111. Susan

    NO! McCain probably can't concentrate on a debate when his wife's fortune, their 7 homes, 13 cars and learjet might be affected by this financial holocaust.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  112. Otis in Austin, TX

    No way, the show must go on. In fact, this would be a great opportunity to put both of the candidates feet to the fire to determine how they would react as Chief Executives in an imminent crisis such as this. The debate mediators need to grill the candidates on how they expect to get us out of this economic mess we find ourselves in. Presidents don't have the luxury of cancelling scheduled business when the going gets tough, nor should the Presidential candidates.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  113. Eric Salter

    ABSOLUTELY NOT! Once again McCain is showing that he is detached from the American people. There is an election coming up in 41 days and he wants to put off communicating with the America people his views on how he plans to get us out of this mess!!! Sarah Palin is being kept form the media, John McCain is dodging the FIRST PRESIDENTIAL debate... Come on! Does the McCain/Palin ticket think the American people are stupid?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  114. Theresa

    This is a global crisis not just a US crisis
    would you postpone a debate for hurricane katrina crisis
    I would hope so.
    I think obama and mccain would benefit from being in washington at this time instead of just being on the phone.
    I also think that any represetnative or senator who took money from Fannie mae and the others should pay that back if I as a taxpayer have to pay so much. They should otherwise not be reelected.

    Theresa
    palm bch county fl

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  115. Pete

    McCain is just trying to stall. Do NOT postpone the debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  116. gunpowd

    This seems to me as one of the oldest trick in the book – Giving a head fake to your opponent. The debate should go on. Even during 9-11 the country still went about its business.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  117. Pamela, Antioch, IL

    No sir. Let it be the topic of the debate and let Mr. Obama address Mr Boortz' claim that we're in this mess because of 'community organizers' who insisted that poor people have housing.
    I'd love to see that...OK, how 'bout this: Campbell Brown moderating Goolsby and Boortz. Pretty please?..Today is my birthday, it would make a nice present .

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  118. Diana NJ

    No, it should not be postponed... needs to take place.... as Obama just said.... a President must handle more than one thing at a time....

    McCain seems to want to change all rules... take no questions... do not call him on anything... no access to his VP... no debate...

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  119. John

    The debate should go on as planned. Their presence is not needed until they come to a vote.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  120. Dennis P

    Yes it should. These two men are SENATORS 1st, cantidates 2nd. Let them do their current job and fix the problems. Then they can worry about the next job they both hope to get.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  121. phat khat, arkansas

    In a word: NO.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  122. Steve

    Can we all say stunt! The Sarah Palin stunt is working out so lets try this one. Good grief, doesn't McCain know that part of the job description requires the ability to multi-task. You know, walk and chew gum at the same time.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  123. Jacqui

    Obama has taken the correct stance on this issue. It is now clearer than ever to me that he is more than qualified to be President. His disposition is such that he feels a deep concern and loyalty to the American people. He knows that we need to hear what the plan for our financial stability will be going forward. We need to hear the candidates views on this topic, and if McCain can't multi-task then he is clearly not capable of being the type of President we need.

    I would say to McCain....why just suspend the debate, go ahead and put yourself out of you misery and suspend your campaign too!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  124. Danielle Torres-San Antonio Tx

    absilutely not. this is just higlighting the fact that McCain is unfit and not ready to be the next president. i have to say that if Palin were on the top of the ticket, not even she would have a problem handling two issues at once. She may not make the best decisions but it wouldn't be too confusing for her. More reason for Americans to vot Obama / biden on Novermeber 4th. We need a stong, able bodied, capable president to lead the nation out of the mess it is in. No Third Term!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  125. G Scott Barrett

    We need a presidential debate today, tomorrow and Friday so that we can do our job and decide who will lead us from this mess.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  126. Aaron

    Chicago, IL

    Since both parties have similar principles to get us out of the financial crisis, the difference between Obama and McCain comes down to other policies. I think the American people needs to know the difference between the two candidates and postponing the debate is not going to be fair to the American people in terms of choosing the right candidate. I think this shows that McCain is really not ready for the debate and use the financial crisis to try to buy himself some time.

    Also, I am organizing a huge party on Friday for the debate and I don't want to cancel it.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  127. Georgia Garrison

    JaCK,
    No Way. McCain is pulling one of his great Republican tricks. He is frightened he will lose and he knows he has gone down in the polls and wants to grandstand and hope something will help him. The debate should go on and then their big airplanes will get them to Washington. The guy is frightened and if he intends to be President, he had better get his shameful act together. He has forgotten we still have a SITTING PRESIDENT who will act as he always has. Need I say more...

    September 24, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  128. Twan from Annapolis

    No No No. He has postponed his campaign but the SHOW must go on. I've been waiting for 2 years for this. Im in no rush to BAILOUT Wall Street Fat Cats. It took several years to get in this mess. So a few more weeks to solve this crisis should'nt hurt a BIT. Maverick my expletive. More like an Old Fashioned Politician. Mr Keating 5

    September 24, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  129. Tiffany

    Absolutely not. A president has to be able to handle multiple issues at once. I want to hear the debate. McCain is trying to fool us into thinking he is so concerned about the avg taxpayer...we can see thru this stunt.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  130. Eli

    What really bothers me about this is that if Obama doesn't relent to this request, the McCain camp can say "Well Senator Obama cares more about politics than he does the economy" and if he does relent, then he loses a forum where Obama obviously has the clear advantage. Well done, McCain. You finally shed that last shred of common decency.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  131. Tarsha

    No! Simple as that! McCain isn't prepared for this debate; hence, why he's trying to postpone it and sugarcoat the reasoning with "oh, I have to be in Congress to help negotiate..." American isn't that stupid; at least I know I'm not... Nice try though 🙂

    Chatham, Virginia

    September 24, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  132. Charlie Gore - Bremerton, Wa

    John McCain suggesting the debate to be moved is possibly the most decisive jerk-move in this campaign yet. Obama is damned if dose and damned if he dosen't.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  133. Ron

    Jack, Gee how dare McCain stop his campain to do the job he was elected to do. Maybe we should look at Barak and really see that when times get tough he feels it is time for fly fishing in Florida. No there should be no debate, no campain, no election till the American people are taken care of.
    Ron
    Lenexa Ks.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  134. Charlene Johnson

    In light of the economic crisis that we are facing, I say “The hell with the debate and do something”! McCain has shown leadership in deciding to suspend his campaign while a resolution is being hammered out. This demonstrates leadership, even though I think it was politically motivated. Why didn’t the Obama Camp think of this? They are both members of the Senate and should be on the Hill helping to resolve this mess and not worrying about a debate. Most of the time the candidates are “Talking loud and saying nothing” anyway

    September 24, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  135. Nicole

    NO!!! This was a problem long before now. John(ie) come latly can't run to Washington now and be all concerned. He could have spent the last 16 months in D.C. If he wants to be President he should be at the debate!!! I bet all he would have to do is ask them not to vote untill both canidates could be there and get real bipartisan agreement.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  136. Paul McCoy

    Of course not, if Senator McCain is not present then Senator Obama can answer questions for him.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  137. C from GA

    Of course not! And if McCain doesn't show up – I think Obama should have the full 90 minutes to talk to the American people about his budget, his plans for ending the war, etc. And the poll data from Fox should be visible behind him at all times – Obama 45 McCain 39.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  138. Joe

    Yes, suspend the campaign and then suspend the congress and Wall Street executives upside down next to David Blaine in Central Park until enough money falls out of their pockets to bail us out of our misery.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  139. Mel (UK)

    No. If this cheap trick doesnt show US voters that McCain will try to use ANY situation to gain an advantage then nothing will.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  140. Jim El Paso Tx.

    Not only no Jack but HELL NO! McCain's been running his mouth for months about Obama not wanting any town hall meetings an when they finally get a chance to meet he wants to bail. He's an idiot an probably unprepared an looking for an excuse to run an hide. One night away from that financial mess the REPUBLICANS got us into won't matter one iota !!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  141. Ina Marlowe

    We need a debate more than ever now – McCain is running scared. He wants us to forget that he has always been Mr. DeRegulation – about banking and health care. Can't he do more than one thing at a time?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  142. wally o

    this is rediculous, one political stunt after the other. We're in two wars we can't aford, our economy is failing, and the republican nominee wants to delay a debate on why we should give them 4 more years. Where do they come up with this stuff?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  143. Sarah in Pittsburgh, PA

    No I do not think the debate should be cancelled for a variety of reasons. 1. I'd like to think that a potential president of the most powerful country on earth can handle dealing with more than one thing at a time. 2. After 8 years of the Bush administration keeping things from the American People I think that the best thing to do is to get on the national stage and talk about what's going on and 3. This entire act of calling for the debate to be cancelled and suspending his campaign smack of a political "gotcha" ploy designed to grab some sympathy and positive media at a time when the McCain campaign seems to be hitting a very low point.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  144. Kim

    NO,NO,NO, NO.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  145. Ike from PA

    Look, if McCain cannot handle two major events at the same time, then he just disqualified himself for the presidency. This man has no shame. If he wanted to suspend the campaign and be totally impartial. Then he should have called Obama back not attempt to one up him. He just injected politics in to this situation. He has no shame. He is not ready for the debates.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  146. rebecca lankeit

    - McCain't do it all.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  147. Otis in Austin, TX

    No way, the show must go on. In fact, this would be a great opportunity to put both of the candidate's feet to the fire to determine how they would react as Chief Executives in an imminent crisis such as this. The debate mediators need to grill the candidates on how they expect to get us out of this economic mess we find ourselves in. Presidents don’t have the luxury of cancelling scheduled business when the going gets tough, nor should the Presidential candidates.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  148. Gwen, Glen Carbon, Illinois

    PLEASE...................let the American people hear the candidates debate all the things that are keeping me awake at night. It is scary to think that McCain cannot focus on the debates AND work to solve the Wall Street crisis at the same time. Isn't multi-tasking a pre-requisite for the presidency??? Geez, all this stuff could give a woodpecker a headache!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  149. Roland from St George, UT

    No, Jack. This is just another McCain diversionary campaign tactic now that the Palin star is fading. McCain admits he doesn't have a very good grasp of economic issues. Does he think his vote of "Present" will matter that much? I say, let the debates continue as scheduled. The election is just as important an issue, and now that it's finally time for the debates, I want to hear, finally, what these candidates have to say about the current situation and what their thoughts are. There are enough Senators in Washington to get the job done.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  150. marysteiner

    what a coward mccain is! what a coward!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  151. Hillary

    John McCain is horrified because he has refused to prepare for the debate and his handlers must realize he's not ready. For someone that has not voted since April 8th it's odd he now doesn't want to be "political".

    This is one of the bigger political tactics he has pulled. According to most clocks you can get to Mississsippi in 3 hours. from DC Why can't McCain make it to the debate after being wherever he wants to be?

    His handlers saw the polls today and they threw a hail mary.

    He just looks scared!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  152. Tom in New Hope, MN

    Postpone – Absolutely not. McCain has done about all he could with years of backing deregulation and now he is on a different horse – regulation. A confused senator working the problem won't help. John McCain is just trying to postpone the debate hoping something major in his favor will happen before the election. He can only run so long before he runs out of places to hide.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  153. Ben

    Dear Jack,
    I think McCain needs the time-out to change his leaking campaign (and diaper).

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  154. Gigi in Alabama

    Absolutely not! What does McCain think that he can do that the other Senators are doing now?
    He doesn't want to debate Obama because he knows that he will be chewed up and spit out in that debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  155. Fer@IN

    NO, WHY? It will actually be good to have the debate and hear what both have to say regarding the crisis. McCain is just showing he is not ready and needs to buy time.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  156. Alan, Buxton Maine

    Absolutely not! Just as Obama said, a president should be able to do more than one thing at a time. McCain seems to have trouble doing that. Could it be that he is nervous about debating someone who has a functioning mind?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  157. Richard

    It is their dam job to be involved as senators in resolving the crisis. If they aren't involved then they should not receive compensation for being a senator. Its politics as usual. Lets get rid of all senators that have been there more than 4 years. They make me sick to my stomach.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  158. George G in Los Angeles, California

    Jack, the McCain camp is playing Obama for a sucker. If he doesn't agree to the postponement of the debate it looks like he's putting politics before country. If he does agree to it, then it looks like McCain is the true leader and Obama just the follower.

    And of course if McCain is "forced" to debate Obama he also wins - if McCain does well (and he's a good debater, better than Obama, and should do well) then Obama looks like a sap for making him debate. And if McCain doesn't do well, then he has a sure fire excuse in that his mind was on America's troubles and not politics.

    McCain had laid a trap. And it's up to you and other journalists to point that that's all it is. The economy is hurting because of the policies McCain and Bush have pushed on us over the last 8 years, and we will get nothing but the same if McCain is elected.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  159. marysteiner

    McCain can run but cannot hide, he is afraid of real questions biting him in the ......

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  160. Mel from Chicago

    No! By his own admission, John McCain is not knowledgable about the economy. So what purpose does he serve by postponing the debate? A president has to have the ability and desire to focus on more than one issue at a time. Apparently, McCain is unable to do this.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  161. Alan AZ

    McCain won't let the press talk to Palin for the same reasons he wants to pull out of the debates now – The republican ticket is obviously unsuited for the job and they offer nothing more than the same failed policies we've had to endure for the last 8 years under Bush. McCain knows it, Obama knows it, the press knows it, and most Americans know it. McCain's only hope is to hide this fact as best he can from the last remaining demographic that hasn't yet faced this fact, the same demographic that won't admit that George W. Bush has been the worst President in American history.- the hardcore far right conservative base.

    Don't let them hide any longer. And don't let them lower the expectations so that just showing up seems like a victory for the republicans (reference Palin's lunch dates at the UN).

    One day, they will find the emperor has no cloths. I just hope the rest of us, including the press, can make this clear once and for all before election day.

    Alan
    Tucson, AZ

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  162. John- St. Louis, MO

    The debate should go on as planned. Their presence is not needed until they come to a vote

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  163. A.D.

    Be patient, just a few more months and you won't have to hear about my strategery ever again .....

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  164. Steve C

    The debate is more important than ever. The subject should be switch to the economy. The American people need to know the respective plans of both parties.

    Steve,
    Laguna Niguel, Ca

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  165. Jeannie

    Hi Jack
    Either way we lose. If they both go back to Washington and pass any type of legislation they will make matters worse. If they debate on friday I'll have to shove a fork in my ear to drown out all the BS. We're doomed Jack.

    Love
    Auntie Jeannie

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  166. kathie Atlanta

    With the election as close as it is, we are hungry for information on the views of both candidates.While the next president will deal with the results of the bailout, the current "powers that be" will need to make the decisions.This is just another opportunity for McCain, like Palin, to be protected from public scrutiny.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  167. Rich in Cincinnati

    It's amazing to me how he says one thing and does another. He says this is not a time for politics but what does he do? He tries to use this to his political advantage by trying to pretend this was his idea and he has the countries best interest in mind. Does he think we are stupid and we can't see through his games?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  168. Sam & Linda Coral Springs Florida

    John McCain just wants a way out! As if people don't already realize that he has not a clue. Just quit now John while you still have a job you or Sarah P. will not have to talk to anyone. Then you could join the ranks of the unemployed like the 600,000 other people who have been effected adversley by this republican economy..

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  169. Mark

    No way The topic should reflect the current disaster. Any attempt to dodge this debate is an attempt not have to answer a question about this disaster. It's well past time we have this discussion under intense scrutiny of the American Public. The note has come due and the buck stops with you and mr. bush.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  170. lawrence

    In a political campaign, you can't call a time out. This is NOT a football game. McCain knows he's going to get crushed by Obama on the critical issue of the economy, and now he's stalling for time. McCain can suspend his campaign if he wants, but he'll lose precious time by doing so. But he might as well take a bit of time to regroup, as he is floundering badly these days.

    But they should never reschedule the debates. If McCain doesn't want to show up for it (and frankly who could blame him), so be it.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  171. jeff in new orleans

    john mccain wants to be president, but he can only focus on one problem at a time? how do i get a job that only makes me responsible for one thing at a time? sign me up !!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  172. Sophia, Washington, DC

    McCain hasn't returned to vote on any Bills except one since he started running for President. He is still trying to play catch up on the Economic Crisis and thinks he will score points by seeming to put "Country First." It is all just smoke and mirrors and I hope it exposes him for what he is....an opportunist. His presence on Capital Hill will in no way help the situation. Imagine for a moment if Senator Obama requested postponing the debate......all those conservative pundits would have a field day calling him scared. McCain is scared of what's happening in the polls!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  173. Marcy

    McCain has trotted out his latest Trojan Horse. By"postponing" debate he further protects Palin, prevents America from seeing the contrast between Obama's Youth, and his Age, and injects politics into a discussion that should be completely non-partisan. Both can be in D. C. for any final vote.

    If ever there was a time for the American People to know what the candidates are thinking, that time is NOW!

    I hope Barack, will not be fooled by this desperate strategy of a failing candidate.

    Marcy
    PS I am the same age as McCain.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  174. Wayne (Laguna Beach, CA)

    McCain is scared! The best thing for America is for these 2 leaders to take this opportunity to debate and accomplish 2 things: 1. Show America who has better judgement on this financial crisis. 2. As leaders of their parties, provide information about the financial crisis and real solutions with accountable oversight to the American people through the debate to calm national fear, provide economic hope and restore confidence in our Government.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  175. marcela

    run senator McCain run!!! that's just the leadership this country needs in time of major crisis!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  176. CJT

    New low CNN. Your own pocket liberal Cafferty posts a topic questioning Biden and within an hour it's nowhere to be found. Guess the Obama censors got that one too?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  177. farhana

    no, not at all. ow! mccain what do you think of yourself? trying to be a hero and save this country? please give us a break!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  178. kevin

    We need communication and "Transparency" to solve this problem. McCain's trying to bring it undercover just like he's doing with keeping Palin away from the media...We need to know what's going on and who these people are.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  179. marysteiner

    McCain is weak , disengenuos, and a coward!
    how embarrassing for the Republicans!

    mary
    woodbridge

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  180. Tim Leeke, Salinas, CA

    No. I want to hear how both will handle this crisis in debate Friday. This is an out for McCain and he is taking it. McCain suspends his campaign, Bush declares a state of emergency in the Country and suspends the Presidential Elections until the crisis is solved which could take years. Wouldn't surprise me a bit.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  181. harry/new york

    The debates should continue as they are more important now than possibly ever in the history of presidential debates.

    McCain is obviously playing politics in a crisis and it doesn't serve the nation for the better. The senators can be involved as they want with the current talks in Congress and continue that involvement in a constructive debate and ultimately a conversation regarding this and the many other huge issues facing our country with the american public.

    McCain is usuing cheap politics to avoid the public. His actions are transparent and becoming pathetic.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  182. Ken Beaverton, MI

    ABSOLUTELY! Why? Because as Senator Obama stated, "The DNC and RNC want all the focus on Capital Hill." Yet, as Sen. McCain goes to Capital Hill, Sen. Obama says the debate is more important than a Presidential Candidate having input into the resolution." This is the 3:00 am phone call. Where's Obama? Working on a debate. Therefore, he's not concerned about the financial impact on me, Mr. Retired Middle Class. My pension is in jeopardy?

    He says that "the President in 40 days will have to deal with this mess." In other words, "I don't want to deal with this issue 'if and until' I'm President.

    He just lost my vote!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  183. ONEWOZ

    Jack,
    you hit that one on the head. i also want to hear what the canidates are going to do about the situation at hand. To cancel and go back to Washington, when they have not been there in the past couple of months is crazy. Get out there and tell me what you are going to do...THEN DO IT.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  184. Terry Wood

    Absolutely NOT!!!
    Why would you postpone a debate? That is how the majority of Americans get a gist of what the candidates stand for.

    Evidently McCain is in a quandry, he cannot come up with a real economic idea!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  185. David Brandt

    John McCain not ready to debate? Not ready to lead!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  186. Anne Sieling

    No, no, a thousand times no. This is exactly when we should be hearing first-hand what these candidates will do. Sen. Obama should just go on by himself and let Gwen Ifill ask him the questions so we can hear exactly what he would do! McCain's political ploy is a farce.

    Anne, Maryland

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  187. Katie Kennedy

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. Got it?
    Katie

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  188. William Young

    You are at war with two countries and that is not enough to suspend your presidential campaign. How can a crisis involving money be more important than a crisis involving lives? Give your heads a shake!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  189. Debbie/Upper Michigan

    I think the debates are more important than ever now. The American people need to hear how these men would handle a crisis such as this.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  190. Peggy -Blountville TN

    Absolutely not !!

    We must know what these candidates think about the economy, and a list of other crises in this country. Cancelling the debate is McCain's side-step to confronting the important issues of the day, because he knows he will be buried by his opponent.

    As I write this, I hear McCain saying "the world is ending", "the sky is falling" ....and any fear-inducing rhetoric he can add. It is his effort to run away from a confrontation with Obama on a vital issue.

    I am more interested than ever in hearing from McCain, as is the rest of the country. What is he hiding??

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  191. Colleen, Weddington NC

    No way, no how. I've already bought the popcorn.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  192. Max

    Why does McCain want to postpone the first debate. If he is President Is he going to ask Medvedev or Ahmadinejad to postpone an attack?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  193. Alice Robinson, Chicago

    No! Let thedebate go on. I want to see if McCain think on his feet without a bad read from campaign notes.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  194. David in Atlanta

    Jack, no the debates should not be postponed! John McCain is only doing this to distract people from the fact that his campaign is faltering, cover up that his campaign manager was still receiving $15,000 a month from Fannie Mae up until last month, that his choice for VP Sarah Palin is still hiding and failing to speak to the press and take questions. It shows the John McCain is not fit to be President and has very bad judgement.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  195. marcella

    jack,
    can you ask wolfe, why is he always jumping down the throats of the democrats, and always, seem to be defending the republician. i am here at work and i feel he is bias. i know where the beck guy stand, he is a bigot. i am sure glad i am not an american, but cnn, is doing everything, they can to make sure that mccain gets all the attention, but god is a stronger ruler. cnn, be fair. mccain, cancels the debate, tell him to step down, he is as phoney as can be.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  196. Ed Ruiz

    Hell no.Its like the Superbowl,I got my case of beer and pizza while I still have money to buy them.Lets see which one has the best ideas.

    Signed Mainstreet

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  197. Justmy.02, Nevada

    McCain IS a leader, not just an inexperienced, do-nothing, self-aggrandizing, all-I've-accomplished-is-to-write-books-about-MYSELF, silver-tongued with a teleprompter, steal primaries and elections braggart like Obama!

    I don't see McCain as being afraid to debate BO anywhere, anytime. He just happens to think the country should be put before his own personal ambitions. If Obama were half the candidate he has succeeded in deluding most of you into thinking he is, he would set aside his ambition and work on restoring our financial health. That, however, would require something more than words!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  198. Armani M, from Iowa, yes Iowa

    Only a whining spineless latte sipping elitist liberal secret muslim would try to get out of the debate...Oh wait McCain wants to cancel? Well never mind then, he's a real American hero just like GI Joe and if you say otherwise we'll revoke your citizenship. Nuff said! Go Joe!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  199. S. GA

    Absolutely the debate should go on! The McCain campaign wanted to turn Hurricane Ike into a relief effort to get out of discussing the issues at the convention. Now they want to turn the economic crisis into a relief effort to get out of the debates! It's like a kid trying to get out of final exams by calling in a bomb threat. What's going to be the excuse to weasel out of the VP debate?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  200. JoAnn in Iowa

    NO We want to hear from both of these guys and now. This is a McCain gimmick. He should debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  201. mr.singh

    No let's debate!! Why don't the Democrats in Congress pass relief for Americans first, then financial corporations! Let's see if Bush signs relief for little people first! Turn the heat Democrats!

    McCain is pulling political stunt 'cause he can't explain his party's bad management of this country! It turns out their philosophy on economics & government is a failure & we're living it in all it's misery! That's what McCain can't explain-that's why he wants to delay debate when there's on what 40 days left, come on! Then he suspends his campaign to not politicise as if he's "the leader" as if to make it look like Obama has to be "led"! Don't fall for it Obama! Republicans need to tell these corportatists to pick themselves by their bootstraps, own up to their mistakes, take responsibility!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  202. Brad - from Michigan

    No – Just another ploy to cover this fact :

    John McCain has no plan and is un-prepaired to face this problem head on! How the ...H does he plan the the oval office will change that?
    26 years on the hill, he has had more chances to fix anything he wanted ... But didn't !

    And, pretty pictures of Palin with world leaders won't do either!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  203. Scott - Manila, Philippines

    Only if the Vice President debate can move up and takes it's place! Plenty of people have scheduled to attend those debates. No point disappointing them. Perhaps the McCain camp will second think this decision, if the proposed solution is interrupting Palin's crash cram for the debate!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  204. Jason - Orlando

    Don't delay it – just move up the economy debate to this Friday instead of the 3rd debate. Clearly, McCain wants a delay so he can do homework on the economy because it was just 8 days ago he was insisting the "fundamentals of our economy are strong."

    The only national crisis McCain is concerned with right now are his polling numbers.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  205. Gisela Cunningham

    Definitely NOT! Also, Obama has it right, he's just a flight away from DC should they need him - total politicking on McCain's part and I think the people are able to see that!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  206. milan

    Mc cain do not allow Palin to talk to the press because the woman does not have a clue about the economy let alone the foreign policies,just like Mc cain who said that the economy is strong,their slogan should be THE DUMB AND DUMBER,Mc cain wants to cancel his campaign tomorrow,why? so he can make another vote with Bush on this bail out?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  207. Kate from Florida

    Of course they should debate. I cancelled a party to see this! McCain doesn't want to do it. Why? Too tired?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  208. Kevin

    NO!! I really want to know what these canidates have to say!! how dare Mcain go behind the back of Obama, it was a clearly bipartisan move

    September 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  209. Lynnda

    This is definitely a ploy to get out of confronting the issues! What if a decision isn't made until next week – or the week after? Do we continue to postpone the debate? Does McCain not trust his party to represent the best interests of the American people? I doubt that those in congress are not aware of how he feels. What further need is there for him to be there and repeat, in person, what he's already said? Does this also postpone the vice-presidential debates – or used as an excuse to cancel it altogether, so Palin doesn't have to debate Biden? I need to hear if Palin can really hold her own under pressure and I WANT TO HEAR what the candidates have to say on SEVERAL issues. I intended to vote for McCain – he's just lost it.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  210. Harrison - Mobile, AL

    Absolutely not. I agree with Barack when he says that now more than ever, the American people need this debate. They need to know where these two presidential candidates stand and how they feel. I personally think that McCain made this move to request the postponement of the debates simply because he is ill prepared and he knows that he will crash and burn during Friday's debate, so he wants more time to come up with more ways to spin and more ways to use misdirection during the debate. Simply put: He's got nothing.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  211. Richard Rohde

    By the way this McSame stuff is getting a little bit ridiculous, Obama is proposing the same things that Johnson enacted (costing us 3 trillion dollars with absolutely no results), Carter, Dukakis, and Kerry. Talk about McSame, at least Bush is current, Obama wants to turn back the clock 30 to 40 years.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  212. Jim Glass

    No! Let them relate their positions, ideas in front of the entire country. Maybe their fellow congress members will watch,too.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  213. Steven Van Wagoner, Utah

    NO... the PLAIN MCCAIN ticket cant use another crisis to thawrt the development of descision making of the amercain public. Who is going to lead the nation? Bring on the debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  214. KB in North Hollywood, CA

    Yes. McCain obviously needs time to wrap his head around this issue and let his advisers craft a speech about it. They should cancel the debate and just let it be a press conference for Obama.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  215. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    While I do believe that McCain an Obama need to get their butts back in the Senate to work on this issue, I do not believe the debate should be postponed. However, the debate should be formatted to ask questions specifically dealing with this crisis so that America can get a real response on the issues from both candidates. Maybe they could hold the debate on the floor of the Senate. Could be the most productive disucssion held in that chamber in decades.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  216. Susan from Boston

    McCain is clearly unprepared and like a schoolboy dunce, he's saying the dog ate my homework.

    McCain has missed 63% of all Senate votes last year, he's not even on the Senate Banking committee, and now he wants to show up and save the day? By the way McCain in a recent interview admitted that he hasn't even read Paulson's 3 page plan! Exactly what is he going to contribute to?

    Please, Harry Reid is right, let the House and Senate Banking Committees continue to work with Paulson and Bernanke on this. McCain and Obama need to stay out of the way.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  217. Wendy , Shillington PA

    So, when does he want to reschedule it? November 5th?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  218. Jean M. Gagnon

    McCain would like to shield Little Sarah from the media after she sought the limelight...what a joke. He is afraid that she would show how superficial she is, (as much as he is). And what about McCain trying to weasel out of the debate...wow! How low can one go.
    Jean from Canada

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  219. Valery Lyman

    Absolutely not. This is a bluff by the McCain campaign trying to look like a leader who puts country first when the move is in fact purely political. I'm glad Obama didn't blink.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  220. Matilde Suarez

    Does McCain think that all of us are stupid? Obama looks more presidential by the minute.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  221. mr.singh

    Imagine if Lincoln told Douglass, can I have a raincheck? Lincoln would look weak!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  222. Cheryl

    McCain once again, full of bluster and political grand standing tries to turn an honest request for bi-partisan statement from Obama, into a high road stance for his own gain. We need to hear the debate–it cannot be postponed. The election is 41 days away. McCain just blew it in my mind.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  223. ted rucki

    Obama gets it. The debates are needed more today than yesterday. McCain should have been in DC on Monday when this crisis began if it is that important than he be in DC to make a deal. Why is it more important today. He just wants to claim an agreement his. This is a political decision.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  224. Rich Platt

    NO.
    The show must go on...besides, didn't McCain claim to know nothing about the economy? Sounds like FEAR of debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  225. Steve in Casper, WY

    Sounds like McCain's dog ate his homework.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  226. Ross

    Only if McCain decides to do the smart thing and concede to Obama – McCain is totally unable to deal with this financial crisis and should respect Obama's superior judgement.

    Ross, Baltimore, MD

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  227. john derenches

    The debate should continue. What McCain can't deal with more than one issue at a time? Or, does he need Sarah to help him?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  228. Francisco - Hilo, HI

    Hi Jack,

    This is a debate that might have an audience of 100 million people. People want to know what these guys are about and how they are going to lead our country.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  229. ned steck

    So let me get this straight, Harry Reid rails on Bush for not focusing all his energy on this crisis and Obama thinks the debates should go on?? Political double speak at it's finest!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  230. jcd

    The postponement of the debate allows McCain to live another day without making himself look dumbfounded. The day will come for all to witness his lost of bearing and childlike frustrations due to a progressive condition marked by deteriorated cognitive functioning…

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  231. Barbara from Michigan

    Obama started the communication with McCain to show leadership in ending this economic crisis and now McCain wants to hog the glory. Let them work on the problem and take a two hour break for a debate! I think that they should be up to that if they want the job badly enough. Don't let McCain squirm out of any debates.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  232. Alexia - Seattle, WA

    Nope Lets Get er Done

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  233. Garth

    Absolutely not. The debate should go on, and both candidates should have to defend exactly what they believe – time to multitask, I think.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  234. me46

    It doesn't matter. If you haven't made up your mind yet, you don't care.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  235. Pat Robinson

    Absolutley not!!! This is precisly the time the american people need to hear from our candidates. The debate should go on.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  236. lisa tx

    NO WAY,Mccain is afraid the debate is going to be more on the ecconomy instead of forien policy, he is running scared. nice try!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  237. Stanley Klosek

    No! Nada! Nein!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  238. christina

    I need to know where they stand now more than ever.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  239. Renee - Lakewood, CO

    Good gosh, NO! I would like my president to be able to multi-task! And by the way McCain, IF you had been following the meetings up on Capital Hill you would know that BOTH Republicans and Democrats have united on this financial crisis! Duh!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  240. Gisela Cunningham

    Vancouver, WA
    By no means!!! We need to hear what both have to suggest on this matter!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  241. Karla

    YES ON THE DEBATE! We need to see these guys side by side answering real questions. Stop the gamesmanship McCain - a president should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time.

    Karla
    Boone, NC 28607

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  242. Grant from Denver

    McCain is scared that he will be called on the carpet for all the mistruths and flat-out lies he has been saying against Obama. I guess I don't blame him for looking at every and any excuse to not show. I was looking forward to seeing a senile man on stage stuttering; I like to laugh.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  243. Valeri

    If the leadership in Washington is unable to handle this crisis without Senator McCain and Senator Obama being present–then we need to fire them all. Delaying the debates may help the McCain camp, but America needs the debates to make the correct decision at the polls in November.

    However, it would have been interesting if the two Senators went to Washington and let the Vice Presidents debate on Friday and let their staffs continued to run the campaigns with the Vice Presidents doing the stumping.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  244. Wanda

    Absolutely not! The show must go on and McShame is running scared!!! We can all see right through his shameful tactic of trying to buy time. The Republican ticket is a laughable mess!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  245. jb mcneely

    Jack, once again by McCain taking action and going to Washington proves he puts America first – remember Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  246. Colin

    No! what is John McCain up too! I say "Political Distraction"

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  247. Sharon from Wisconsin

    No. If you can't multitask – you shouldn't be president. It's as simple as that.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  248. Jim Glass

    And, here's an idea. How about giving the money to Warren Buffet and then those CEOs could apply for the money presenting their plan for it's use and acknowledging that they will accept no salary/severance until the money is repaid to the taxpayers.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  249. Brian

    Definately. I think that this is definately a time of crisis and they should both be doing what we are paying them for.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  250. Thej

    Leadership is having the courage to look the American people straight in the eye and convince them that they will provide wise and courageous leadership in the worse of times! Not run back to the Hill with its lobbyists and hide behind the very real problems of struggling Americans.
    Sen McCain, a leader is someone who provides leads in the worse of times so that they can celebrate with the people in the best of times. Postponing the debate does NOTHING for the country!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  251. servellon

    No, because McBush is not ready for it and this is his carl rove way to get out of it when he knows the economy is not his strong point. This is a stunt and a cop out..

    September 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  252. Tanya Rodriguez

    Lets hear the debate. If John McCain is not capable of running his campaign, doing his job as senator, and preparing for a debate, he should not be running for President. A president can't just choose to do only one thing.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  253. Yasmin Laupus

    No.
    Please enough of political gimmcks, photo ops, spins. McCain has not been part of any Congressional debates since April. He has been an absentia senator and now he wants us to beleive that his presence will allow for a solution to this economic crisis. In fact it will in fact inject politics. Please, McCain has not been an honest broker since he started his 2008 presidential bid and somehow we are to believe that McCain cares enough about the country to put his ambitions aside. Let the debates begin and allow the public decide which candidate will be the next leader who will truly lead. Again i echo this sentiment "Enough"

    September 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  254. Judy, Mia Fl

    the debate should be moved to DC they can chit chat during the dinner break.
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  255. Darryl Lynette Figueroa

    No. If McCain can't handle a debate and legislation, he's got no business running for president.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  256. Nathan

    McCain will take any excuse to keep from facing Obama. We need a President who will speak honestly to the American people, something McCain cannot do.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  257. Dave in MO

    A debate on National Security.....Obama wishes he can get out of it without looking scared!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  258. Charles

    The debate does not need to be delayed. I would not trust McCain. He did not issue a joint statement as Obama wanted. He went ahead and issued his own statement. McCain is trying to get one up on Obama. Speaking of trust, this so called crise seems to me like another scare tactic. McCain is not prepared for a debate. He's trying to buy more time.Lets get it on!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  259. tiffany

    And postponing the debates would do what? Obama called McCain and asked that they issue a joint statement urging congress to not leave the American people holdding an empty bag when this mess was all over, and not ot be out done McCain jumps out and suspends his campaign, Total political stunt. just like sarah palin was, only this one doesn't seem to be working out for him.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  260. Colleen

    This is hilarious....Can this circus get any better? John McCain is delaying the inevitable. Poor guy, as 894 out of 899 in his graduating class he is doomed to a dismal showing at any debate. And though George W. lost both his debates and still won in 2004, I believe this will be McCains total undoing.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  261. Jasmine from NC

    No it has nothing to do with the economy. Obama and McCain are not president they are presidentional candidates.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  262. Eddie

    All three senators need to get back to Washington to assist in resolving this mess... and we're in one heck of a mess. There is plenty of blame to go around. These decisions will affect not only every American but America itself. It's time for them to earn their salaries. They been campaign for 18 months and if you, the voter, have not made a decision by now, your probably never going to.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  263. Deb

    NO NO NO The debate should go on as scheduled! It's not our fault that McCain can only focus on one thing at a time!! Fine president he's make! Multi-tasking could be pretty important for the president of the United States.
    Besides, I have my Friday evening planned around this debate. Come on McCain, man up here!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  264. lslater

    all congressman/woman,senators should be in washington now doing what we pay them to do. not be on campaign trail on taxpayers dollar.all need to get to washington and work on this current problem

    September 24, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  265. Felicia Olivieri

    The debate must go on. The American public has been looking forward to this debate; many have rearranged their committments to be available to watch the debate. My husband and I think that McCain has canceled because he is not prepared to debate Obama. If McCain doesn't want to appear for whatever reason then Obama should show up and allow himself to be quizzed on a number of issues so that the American public can know him better.

    McCain doesn't appear to be ready to serve as President. First, he selected a running mate who isn't even allowed to be quizzed or interviewed spontanousely by media. The photo ops of her in New York meeting with foreign personnel is joke! Was this really supposed to convince the American public that she has foreign policy experience? So, having said that, McCain must debate because this American citizen is beginning to believe that McCain does not have good judgement and is certainly not ready to serve as President.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  266. Matt in STL

    Jack,
    They can postpone the debate as long as they want. I couldn't decide who to vote for until today, but John McCain decided me. Obama will get my vote. I'm tired of these cheap political theatrics. Obama calls him in private to try to work out a joint response, and he races onto TV and claims the spotlight. This is a disappointment to me, I was rooting for McCain back in 2000 over Bush, but he's lost my respect now. And treating Palin like a hothouse flower does nothing to make me think he'll be any different from the current administration (secretive, opportunistic, and doing all they can to avoid being investigated).

    September 24, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  267. Judith

    The debate must go on. Does McCain think that everything would go on hold as he considered one decision in the Oval Office? And why did he do the sneaky "one-up" announcement when he had agreed with Obama they would make a joint announcement? Reminds me how the present administration!

    JW, KC, MO

    September 24, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  268. steve

    NO. We need to know our next Presidents views on everything and how they handle themselves under pressure. Now is not the time to "postpone" a debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  269. Steve... Clinton, CT

    Since you rarely learn anything substantive from a Presidential Campaign debate anyway, what's the harm in waiting a few days? Heck, if Chris Dodd had actually stayed in Washington as banking committee chairman instead of moving to Iowa for the campaign, turned away the huge sums of Fannie/Freddie money, and not accepted a sweetheart refi deal from the Countrywide boss, maybe we wouldn't be IN this situation.

    I say go to Washington and do the job the American people have been paying them to do.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  270. NAB

    No, No, No, absolutely not.
    This is shameful and an insult to the american public. What, does he think we are going to buy this farse of an excuse?

    We all know our dear Senator McCain is trying to prevent his running mate from getting grilled because she does not know what she is talking about ALL the time! If you are not writing the legislation, why is it imperative that you go to Washington? What are the others over there incapable of taking care of this? Are you the only one who can make the economic crisis go away?

    This is like a student claiming he has a family problem and must go home during an exam he knows he will fail.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  271. Ralph, Columbus Ohio

    Jack, I suspect that McCain had a secret meeting with his handlers about the debate. The outcome was to cancel the debate because being silent and unaccountable has worked great for Palin so why not use the same tactic for McCain. Maybe he can take a quick class in economics so he will be ready for the next scheduled debate?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  272. Willie Monroe, MI

    Interesting, would McCain have pulled out of the debate and suspended campaigning had his opponent not been a member of Congress. The debate needs to go on.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  273. Gail Arce

    What can Senator Obama be thinking? Go on with the debate? Given the magnitude of financial crisis and the potential to directly effect all of us, who really wants to hear a debate about foreign policy? I would rather know that our future president cares more about doing the job he has (Senator) than lobby the American people for a new one. This tells me something about their work ethic and sense of responsibility. Both of the candidates should be back in Washington doing the work that the citizens of Illinois and Arizona sent them to Washington to do and use all their influence to help resolve the credit crisis.

    Gail
    Wilmington, DE

    September 24, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  274. JC - El Paso, TX

    Absolutely, positively not. The real reason McCain wants to put the debate on hold is obvious. It's not that he wants to put contry first or some other self-sacrificing deed. The truth is, with economy in the spotlight, a debate about foreign policy suddenly becomes a debate about foreign economic issues. McCain doesn't want to show his inexperince on the issue for two debates seeing as how the third one is designated for economy.

    Like Obama said, this is the time when the people really need to know who is running for the presidency!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  275. Sylvia

    Hi Jack,

    No, but because of both candidates' delayed responses to joining their comrades in the worst crisis since the depression which, in and of itsself, Ieads me to question their leadership skills; they've limited themselves to the time they could of had off the campaign trail before heading back to such a critical engagement.

    Sylvia, CA

    September 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  276. R Stein, NYC

    Another McStunt. No. The debate should proceed as scheduled Friday night. This is to extremely important. There are already voters in many state casting early ballots; we all need to hear the candidates

    I can't image that there is anything that either McCain or Obama need to do to move this bail-out plan along that they have to do in person and can't do remotely.

    McCain and Obama can get there late Friday night or Saturday to cast their vote.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  277. Dick Nash

    I think that they go forward. It is important that the voters hear what each of the candidates thoughts are on the subject. Further it is important that a president should be able to handle multiple situations at a time and the candidates show that hey are up to the task.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  278. independent08

    YES, the debate should go on. Mccains participation in congress will not aid in a faster decision on the bailout. He whined for months that he would face Barack, anytime, anywhere, so...NOW is the time. This is a perfect opportunity to let Americans know his thoughts on handling the economy and why he should be the next president. Instead he is tucking his tail and running! Also, since a VP should be capable of serving in the presidents absence, why suspend the campaign? Have Palin debate in his place-wow, now that would really prove Palin is ready on day one...

    September 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  279. Leland Darden

    Senator McCain truly showed that he is a grand-stander, only interested in trying to steal some thunder, and not solve the issues. It shows someone who has no real leadership skills, cannot be creative, original, spontaneoues, honorable, or even trusted. Why have no voices of authority asked McCain what he meant when he confessed "they broke me", during his nomination acceptance speech? "Manchurian Candidate", is it possible?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  280. Sharlene

    No. This is a time when the public actually NEED to hear from the candidates on the issue of the economy and foreign policy. As a side note, if McCain doesn't show up will his campaign be willing to pay the University of Miss. the over 5 million they have spent on this debate?
    There are more important things than a photo op. If you are going to be the President of the Unites States, you better be able to multitask. I say, they do the debate and they meet in Washington, if you are as sure on the issues as you should be, both are possible.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  281. Kay

    Absolutely NOT. Postponement is nothing but a ploy on the part of McCain.
    What else is McCain going to try to delay the inevitable. He and Palin are a disgrace to this country.
    Hopefully, Americans can see this.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  282. Ervin Ricks

    I think it's commendable that John McCain wants to suspend his campaign and the debate because of the seriousness of the financial crisis on Wall Street. Main Street, however, has been suffering from the SAME financial crisis for many months now with ordinary Americans losing their homes, unable to afford adequate healthcare and watching their jobs get shipped overseas. McCain didn't find the problems of ordinary Americans urgent enough back when it all began, but now that his rich friends on Wall Street are feeling the pinch, he suddenly "gets it." No way. No how. No McCain.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  283. Sandy

    No, too little time left before election day. I, as well as all we Americans should hear , especially now, where the candidates stand in this economy. .and how they will carry out "the plan" once they are in office in just four months. If McCain can't handle one evening of debate and other things at the same time we sure don't need him in the highest position in the U.S. We have had eight long.....years of that!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  284. Jim Burns

    As a former senior executive, I agree with Barack Obama in that the President should be able to multi-task. The debate on Friday night should not only go on but the topic should be changed to the crisis in the financial markets. The detailed views of both of these candidates will be necessary for the American public to caste their votes based on better information that campaign ads.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  285. Rosa Perez

    What's the next thing this liar is going to do? Is he going to hide behind Palin's skirt? The show must go on! Where is all that experience now? Coward!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  286. Amy

    Absolutely not, so when one thing comes up the president can't handle things? Get a grip, Mccain is floundering around.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  287. Kevin Johns

    We should suspend the election, suspend our common sense and turn over 700 billion dollars to George Bush.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  288. texas granny

    No, no, no, no, no!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  289. Richard / St John USVI

    Why don't we suspend elections and keep Bush in ofice until the "Crisis" is over. John McCain can't face reality, he has no concept of the muti-tasking culture we live in. What if our Country, god forbid, were to be attacted by terrorists, would McCain tell us that we could't respond to the attack until next week when the economic crisis is over? The Election is on November 4th and time waits for no man. Let's move on with the inevitable and start the debates!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  290. Michael Sadler

    No, the debates should go on.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  291. liz

    What's the matter John, can't multi-task?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  292. Cindy

    Absolutely not!

    We in the voting public want to hear what Obama and McCain have to say, so we can judge which of them is most able to lead us out of this mess.

    On with the debate!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  293. Jim S

    No! Are we to believe that a man, self confessed to have a weakness with economic issues, can pull a miracle with only two days left to the debates? This is a plain and simple "politically motivated ploy" to change the campaign landscape again as he did with his selection of Palin as a running mate. Voters want to know what each man would propose to do with these serious problems , if elected, and not send them back to Washington to sit in meetings with beaurocrats.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  294. Diane

    WoW it seems as if he is not thinking clearly at all. What is he going to accomplish by not having the debate! Nothing but more time to get his train of thought together. He really scares me, and I not kidding.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  295. Laurence (Washington, DC)

    No, if you want to lead the country in the right direction, show me you are ready to lead by TALKING about possible solutions. Come on McCain you're out of touch.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  296. christina

    McCain doesn't even know what to say at friday's debate.I know Obama knows,AND HE WANTS EVERONE TO KNOW WHAT HE THINKS

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  297. Aziz - St. Louis, MO

    Jack,

    No Way! We are in the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression and McCain wants a time out? This is a political stunt by the McCain campaign and Obama was looking pretty presidential in his defiance.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  298. Cathy Fuller, Minneapolis

    NO!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  299. Barb in Arlington, Virginia

    Let's have a conversation between McCain and Obama led by questions by the moderator. Not necessary a debate. Something less adversarial.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  300. cheryl

    No way we need to know where both these men stand on the economy. "McCant "was not ready to do that so he suggest a postponement, what a joke we only have 5 weeks until the election. Do we postpone the vp debates also?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  301. Willie

    Interesting, would McCain have pulled out of the debate and suspended campaigning had his opponent not been a member of Congress. The debate needs to go on.

    Monroe, MI

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  302. Dee from Northern Virginia

    Jack, *all* the debates should not only be postponed, but canceled. People have already made up their minds. Debates only serve the media looking for gaffes. My two cents.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  303. Monica

    It just proves that John McCain's aging brain is incapable of handling the job of President. He can't even keep Suni and Shia straight.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  304. Nicole from BC, Canada

    Obama is right – the debate needs to continue as planned. The President needs to be able to juggle multiple issues at once, and the debate (which will take all of what, an hour or two?) will help voters see both candidates in better detail. Americans will be able to see where both candidates stand on the issues.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  305. Sam

    politics. politics. politics. politics. what nonsense.

    mccain can f_ off now to the next available retirement center

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  306. Anthony Palazzo

    The debate should go forward- McCain has suddenly become a Democrat

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  307. Ron

    Not unless we're going to postpone the election.

    We need to see and hear the candidates – ALL 4 OF THEM – to ensure we have the opportunity to make the best selection.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  308. TWA

    The 2 candidates should be able to stand together on their positions and still have thier debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  309. ellie

    nope!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  310. alan martay

    Yes Jack the debates should go on. Again this shows lack of substance John Mccain has on knowlege of the econony .

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  311. Bob Flavell

    Absolutely not. No more stunts – get on with the debate

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  312. Laurie Miami Beach FL

    NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  313. Dawn

    Absolutely not! I want to hear what they have to say about this debacle! Is John McCain unable to deal with more than one thing? If so, I want to know that also. When one of these men become President they will have to juggle many, many difficult situations at a time. Show us right now that you can do it.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  314. victor Ramirez

    NO
    i think John MC Cain is only using this opportunity to
    not show
    his incompetence to the American people

    I WANT TO SEE THEM DEBATE

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  315. Marlee

    NO! Obsolutely not! I would really like to know that my president can handle more than one issue at a time!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  316. Yaacov

    No way should it be postponed – it is a cheap Republican trick. DON'T BITE!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  317. Lee In LA

    Are you kidding me? Would John McCain have done this last week when he had a lead in some polls. If he is elected President he wont be able to suspend the Presidency.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  318. John Rowland

    No.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  319. Tony

    Sure we should postpone it!!! .... if you're McCain campaign and you need to NOT have folks questioning your pick for VP and need the public to NOT remember that your party has been in the white house for 8 years.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  320. Daniel

    No way, No how. This is yet another political ploy by the McCain campaign.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  321. nathan

    it should be atleast put off untill saterday. to give them time to handle this bill. John mccain was right obama is voting present again.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  322. Kevins

    Absolutely not. Anyone who doesn't see the importance of hearing from these candidates and challenging them at this point clearly has not been paying attention to the world around them.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  323. Chuck P.

    Absolutely not. Just change the topic from foreign policy to monetary policy and the economy and carry on!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  324. Bradd

    Hell no!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  325. Andy from Canada

    Jack .... take a lesson from Canada. In order to elect a new president in the USA takes $1 billion and 2 years from start to finish. In Canada, it takes us 6 weeks to elect a new Prime Minister at a fraction of the cost. America is indeed a land of excess. An excess of spending, a excess of debt, an excess of guns, an excess of inmates, an excess of illegal immigrants .... etc. GET REAL!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  326. John

    Sure,

    Why don't we just let Bush stay as president too....NOT!

    John
    Sarasota

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  327. Charlie in Raleigh

    HELL NO!!!!!!!!! THE SHOW MUST GO ON !!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  328. Eric Baldwin

    Of course not!! A president should have the ability to multi-task. Putting the debate on hold is a political stunt.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  329. Karen

    Absolutely not. The American people have been waiting to hear from both of these candidates and now is the time. The debate needs to happen!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  330. Gretel

    No! It seems to me like McCain is running scared from the debate...

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  331. "I think that it is going to be part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once."

    'Nuff said, Jack!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  332. Pete Deragon

    John McCain will need to learn how to multi-task. Show up for the debate after you fix the bailout bill.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  333. Leya

    absolutely not and for exactly the reason McCain claims it should be.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  334. Chris from Philadelphia PA

    Not a chance. Stop pretending to be concerned about the fundamentally sound economy for the sake of votes and learn to multi-task.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  335. Nina Bellak

    Debate is exactly what we need now, before we rush into this monster bailout our "trust me" president is pushing. The presidential debate can be an important part of a national examination of the underlying issues. McCain's and Obama's physical presences in Washington in this modern era of speed-of-light communication would be no magic bullet. But to hear them debate and discuss the burning issues of the day is essential. The electorate should make a choice based on a clear understanding of the policy differences the candidates represent.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  336. Anthony Lower

    No, the debate should go on and should be all about economics. If McCain can't prepare for a debate at the same time he tries to contribute to solving this problem, then that in itself says a lot. Perhaps McCain should send Palin to take his place on Friday?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  337. RJ in Georgia

    Only if John McCain plans to concede the election.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  338. Myrna Bronx, New York

    Yes it shows that McCain is putting country first!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  339. Shawn

    Nope. The debates should happen as scheduled. As Obama said, a president should be able to handle more than one crisis.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  340. Sean in California

    Hell no! If McCain can't campaign and debate at the same time, then how should we trust him to multi-task as president?

    Harry Reid has said that Obama and McCain would only interfere with negotiations as presidential politics would blur the issues.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  341. Mark Stanard

    NO WAY!!!! John McCain is just stalling because he knows that he can't keep up with Obama!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  342. cheryl

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

    Debates are important but this is more important!!!!! These Senators are being paid by the US tax payer to do their job for the American people!!! I would like to have a job that I can take two years and travel around the country and get PAID by the TAX Payer.... Do your JOB OBAM and go back to Washington... There is still time to get the debates in...... Congratulations John McCain for doing whats right!!!
    I was undecided but I think this just made my decission.. I see who is willing to work for me and who is just interested in himself.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  343. Cathy

    Bring on the debate! This is no time to cut and run. We want to hear exactly what our candidates would do to make sure that this crazy situation isn't repeated.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  344. Robin from MO

    Jack, it is a ploy! Does McCain think that if he is in office he can tell the world to take a time out because he needs to address something else. The world keeps on turning and there is no pause button.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  345. Grace

    Yes, the debate should be postponed. Work trumps politics - period.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  346. dave

    The debates should go on.
    This stinks to me of desperation. McCain hasn't exactly shown his an expert on economic solutions.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  347. Ebony

    Absolutely not! Presidents must multi-task, start practicing!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  348. Lee

    I guess in addition to not using a computer, not being able to email or text, McCain also can't multi-task. This is just a cowardly way to get out of a debate that he is terrified of having.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  349. Jamey Morris

    If Senator McCain wants to be the next President, then I politely suggest that he learn to balance his campaign with the "economic crisis." As president, he will not be able to suspend the war in Iraq, while he tries to figure out his next move. Show some leadership Senator McCain, since that's the platform that you are running on.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  350. Gene Graziano

    Jack,

    No way! What makes McCain think he can help resolve this issue in two days when the Republicans have been in the White House for eight years and in control (or out of it) for six years?

    McCain has no idea what he is talking about and his decision making process is greatly flawed. Look at who he chose to be the vice-presidential candidate.

    Let the debates begin!

    Charlotte, NC

    September 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  351. J Bajek

    In less than 5 weeks one of these men WILL BE the president of the United States; this financial mess that Wallstreet has created will be a major issue to countries future and thus to the next president....Therefore Shouldn't they both be involved in creating a solution?? As an undecided democratic registered voter, I have long believed ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS and with that said now am beginning to lean in a particular voting direction.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  352. Matt

    If McCain wasn't scared to debate, he should have suggested to debate in Washington while he was on the phone with Obama. Instead McCain didn't inform Obama of his plan and used it as a political move. Is McCain scared?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  353. Andy

    Of course it should be put on hold. Country first, not politics. Just the fact that liberals are upset about the campaign suspension proves that this is the right move. I rather have action than two politicians squabbling over whose ego is bigger.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  354. Deane

    Absolutely not. With the economy collapsing, I want to hear the men who will have to get us out of this mess.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  355. TX

    No. Can't a leader multitask? What is McCain going to do in Washington? He's admitted that his strong suit is NOT the economy. We need to understand how candidates respond under pressure on multiple fronts. Looks like McCain is failing to show he can handle multiple issues simultaneously.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  356. Madhuri

    Absolutely Not. The debate should not be postponed. It appears that Senator McCain is a coward who does not want to face the American people and take up the challenge of presenting himself and his ideas at this crucial moment. It demonstrates that he is incapable of juggling multiple tasks which is key for a President. A debate now will give a profound insight at being able to stand up and face a crisis and not stumble and fall down as McCain appears to be.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  357. Gail Wempner

    No-No-No. This is a ploy by John McCain to avoid scrutiny and set back the timing of all the 2008 debates and perhaps (could it be true?) cancel the public opportunity to hear Sarah Palin unscripted...

    September 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  358. malcolm Stevens

    Seems to me that McCain is running and hiding, What will he do under real pressure? The debates should go on.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  359. Deborah

    No, now more than ever we need to know what our future presidential candidates think and how they plan to lead the United States going forward. Rather than postpone, why don't they change the topical focus from foreign affairs to the economy? It would help focus the ongoing discussion beyond the immediate "crisis" to focus on the long-term, which we all need to do given this week's news.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  360. D. Vidal

    I think it is even more important for the debate to go on so that we can hear from the candidates what their plans are for the economy. This is an obvious tactic by McCain to save limited campaign resources and avoid debating Obama. Agrees privately to issue a joint statement with Obama, then turns around and publicly announces he's going to suspend his campaign? That's not very honorable. Sounds like politics as usual to me.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  361. Helen Murphy

    Absolutely, the debates should go on. McCain is only trying to play politics with our financial mess. I have'nt heard him say anything that would improve on what our lawmakers are currently doing in WA, DC to address this issue. He would only get in the way of progress just like he has on the campaign trail.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  362. Shawn J (Los Angeles)

    Simply put...NO!
    Stop the Photo Opps!
    More then ever Americans need to see how the candidates can manage a crisis like this and what they plan on doing. No BS, No Spin.

    McCain needs to step up and stop stalling with issues that are not related to running this country. No More Lipstick, No More Running from the Press, No More BS.

    The Straight Talk Express has been driving in circles for over a month now.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  363. Patti Erickson

    As many of the other Republican and Democrats have said, "what does John McCain expect to do?'" It's like he thinks the first string quarterback isn't doing very well(in McCain's mind)–and he's going to run in and win the game!!! Obama is right--have the debate-let us hear them postulate in public. McCain to get a clue!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  364. Roslyn Roshell Perkins

    Mccain is a coward. Everyone can keep patting him on the back for being a POW, but I'll pass. Mccain have shown his TRUE character and that is he has none. He knows that the thing he can count on is the American people being lazy and not checking for themselves what is true. But we are AWAKE now and Mccain have NO where to run. Go Obama, you make me proud.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  365. Sheila

    Absolutely not!!!!. It is more important than ever for we the American people to hear from the presidential candidates, the debates should not be postponed.
    A president must be a multi tasker. Could this mean that McCain is running scared?

    Sheila,
    Maryland

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  366. Bev Walton-Porter

    Of course the debate shouldn't be cancelled. When a crisis arises in the White House, the President deals with it ALONG WITH numerous other situations. If McCain cannot do that, then he doesn't deserve to be president.

    Having said that, I never considered voting for McCain in the first place. Obama/Biden for 2008 and will somebody drag Palin out into the open so they'll quit hiding her and her wingnut ideas/positions?

    Just because I have girly bits doesn't mean I'm automatically going to be swayed into voting for McCain because he chose a VP running mate with girly bits, too. How insulting!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  367. Candy West Virginia

    Heck NO! If mccain is so presidential he should be ready to debate and capable of doing several things at once. If he was so concerned then palin shouldn't have been speed dating with leaders and mccain wouldn't have been at a solar plant lying to those people against Barack. It's a political ploy, deceitful, shows fake caring (he has been for deregulation for decades) and is dishonest, but then I guess he is just being true to himself.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  368. mary S

    Absolutely not!!!!! It is critical to expose to the nation how little McCain knows about economics and government finance! He never has to worry about a dime in his lush life of multiple houses and cars!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  369. kristina ledesma-davies

    No the debate or campaign should not be delayed or suspended. MCain is scrambling as the economy is not his forte and he is trying to get a crash course in macro economics as his running mate is in foreign policy. Obama should say the American people deserve the debate!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  370. Ish - NYC

    NO!
    I want to hear more solutions and less excuses.
    Let’s debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  371. texie tisor

    Why SHOULD the debate be suspended???? John McCain was in the bottome 3 of his class......................and they need HIM? to solve the financial problems??? I probably have more experience just handling our monthly household bills!! The closer reason to the truth is he is having a panic attack!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  372. MP

    ABSOLUTELY NOT. We the American people have a little over a month to decide who we want to be our next President. We WANT to hear the debates. We NEED to hear the debates. Country First, doesn't that mean us John? Can't you jump in your private jet and fly to the debates? Give me a break, this is total chicken sh-t, a political stunt. I personally am waiting for the debates to decide, if Obama is the only on at the debate so be it.

    And what about the MILLIONS of dollars spent, and all the time put in by people organizing this first debate. What about them John?

    Maybe if John can't do two things at once he should drop out or put Sarah on top of the ticket.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  373. Donna

    The debate needs to happen. McCain is (and should be) afraid. I do not want a president who is unsure of himself and seems to have made a habit of making (horribly bad) quick-fire decisions. That's all we need – another gunslinger.

    God help us all.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  374. Sweet Gloria

    No it should not! Why not let Palin step in for him since she has all the experience and ready if heaven forbid something happens to him! Oh My God....did I just say that! We'd be in so much do do that we wouldn't have enough diapers to hold all that crap!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  375. Matt

    Jack, You & your “collegues” could not look smaller right now. Are you seriously suggesting that it’s more important for Obama & McCain to talk about doing something, instead of actually doing it? This is simple.Being in DC causes the media to follow. It draws the attention to what is important, which is this economic plan that Bush is trying to strong arm through while we distract ourselves with some silly debate of people talking about leadership in the future when we need it in the present. If Obama, goes through with this silly debate I think it would be good to either let him debate himself,which would please Obama because he can hear his own voice more or Mccain could send Sarah to handle his lite work. I think the only thing dumber than hearing you say that we need to hear them talk yet again over watching them do is Bush’s idea. Do you really think people are so stupid we don't know where they stand by now?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  376. Mike Damico

    In the midst of this crisis, and 5 weeks away from the day we hire the man we think is worthy of representing us in our apparent "loan to the lenders", he wants to...not talk about it? Please. Someone check if he sews a big "S" on the front of his shirt for his flight, (pun intended), to Washington.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  377. Jane Page

    No need to delay the debate – it's time to get a feel for unscripted answers, and a feel for the ability of the candidates to react in a knowledgeable manner with wise suggestions of how to deal with the current crises (yes, plural, to cover the financial, health, education, treatment of veterans, ) and look wisely to the future.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  378. p1tey1

    Absolutely NOT!!! This is the time when we need to hear from the men who are competing to run this country in the next few months. We need to know how they plan to get us out of this mess. If running and hiding is how McCain handles a financial crisis, I would hate to see how he would react in an international crisis. Palin is dodging reporters, now McCain is dodging Obama. Ridiculous!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  379. Catthryn Sykes

    "Delay" the debates? There's a description for what McCain is doing....

    ..."cut and run."

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  380. Pam S

    This is the biggest financial crisis since the crash of 1929! No question the debate should be postponed for a few days. Each day congress delays, a lack of decision could cost Americans millions of dollars. We need to move forward with a REAL leader- John McCain!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  381. Tim Wolfe

    Jack, what's the big rush? If this is such a mess, why not take the time to fix it properly? Of course the debate should be held, Obama is right that we all need to hear what our potential president has to offer. And you know, with cell phones, blackberries, email and the web, it's pretty easy for a leader to contribute to the debate, wherever in the world they happen to be. And the people who caused this fiasco should have to wait for their welfare check! Why rush to help fat cats when Joe America is hurting, too?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  382. PMichael

    My problem with all of this starts way back. When George Bush became President Karl Rowe spent how much money trying to prove that the economy was already in a recession when they inherited it. It is my understanding that this administration still does not think we are in a recession as of today. How can that be? Anybody with a third grade education can clearly see that we were better off 8 years ago. So the question is, do we need to redefine what a recession is and what are the key indicators?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  383. john

    What? I am in military and about to deploy next month to Iraq and I cant wait to here What both of them have to say about our economy and these endless deployments.Go Obama Maccain is getting scared with of same Bush ideas.
    John ft bragg Nc

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  384. Carla Stallworth

    NO!! I do not think the debate should be postponed. We, the American people, have the right to see these candidates go head to head on the fiasco in the financial markets. For pete's sake, DUBYA is going to come on TV tonight and use the Republican politics of fear on us once again, just like he did on Iraq. And John McCain can't handle a simple debate?!! Well, if he were elected president, how could he handle Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Immigration, Economic issues all at the same time? We really need a progressive president that can delegate when necessary and multitask. WE ARE BEING BUSHWACKED!!!! AGAIN...

    Carla – Cincinnati, Ohio

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  385. Mike in DC

    Jack

    Not no, but H- no! The debates should "not" be postponed. We need to here how these men will solve this financial crisis. Most of us don't understand it, and we need someone to take leadership and explain it to us. I am so tired of these political games. Stop hiding and let us hear what you will do to change this country!

    Mike in DC

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  386. dave

    Jack,

    It is what it is! Senator John McCain would not have done this unless it was dire. As far as the Debate? Obama can have it with himself! The dems have already lost! thanks too BIDEN..........

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  387. Paula Garner

    No way No how!! Yet another cynical Rovian distraction from the McCain camp. We need to see these two men together facing tough questions. The difference in leadership style, intelligence and problem-solving skills is stark and the American people will see that clearly in a debate. McCain would love to avoid this.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  388. Robert

    Yes, they need to go back to Washington and act in the capacity that they are being paid for – Senators from their respective states. They are not President yet and one of them won't be.

    If people have been listening to CNN, the positions of McCain and Obama on the usual topics should be pretty well known. They won't talk about immigration and they both are for change and reforming Washington.

    This financial crisis is so complex that they both better get some first hand advise from economics experts – let's say Harvard, Univ of Penn, or Stanford professors w/PHD's in economics (not former CEO's!) – so they can cast intelligent votes towards a solution.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  389. puneet

    no, for what if mcain is not ready for the debate why hide under the bailout plan, be a man be a maverick come out and show what you have. moreover the american people have waited enough for these debates and infact these debates are the best way to tell the people how the candidates feel and will deal with the situation.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  390. Trudy

    Absolutely the debate shoud go as scheduled so that we can see how they feel on the issue. McCain is ducking the debate as he is not ready.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  391. JH from Maryland

    I am an undecided independent who is leaning McCain, and this tips the scales even more. One thing I want to know about these candidates is their priorities, and to see that McCain knows that doing his job as a senator is more important then the popularity contest I think tells volumes. And why doesn't it surprise me that Obama wants things with his campaign to continue- he has been a presidential candidate longer then he has been a working senator. Continuing the campaign is his way of getting back to work.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  392. Xavier Konda

    McCain seem to have lost the presidential race and now wants to pull the prank and try to come out later as the Maverick. People need to hear what these men can do and what they think about the current crisis.
    Have the Debate and later go to Washington to help in fixing the mess.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  393. Keith

    This is a desperate move on McSame to pertain he has economic leadership. The skunk is in the room and we smell POLITIC

    Keith
    Dallas, TX

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  394. Nicole Hammond

    so transparent. hasn't he learned that thanks to #43 we are paying attention again? we are, jm, we are. the debates must go on!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  395. pat wells

    Mr. Obama is playing political gamesmanship with his assertion the debate go on for Friday. This is old politics as usual in the good ole boy city. One up the other guy is the same old story in Washington. Here in MN I think most would like to see the campaign and vote on 11/2 be postponed altogether if something like the level of the great depression needed to be sorted out. The idea that this man thinks others can handle it and call him later is like someone voting present but noncommittal.. Oh wait ... thats Obamas specialty.

    Independent here in MN but certainly leaning another way rite now.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  396. Trudy

    No – the debate should definitely not be delayed. As Senator Obama said, they can be in Washington quickly should the need arise. We need to hear these debates! I hate to say this, but I think Senator McCain wants to go back to Washington, so when something agreeable to both parties does pass, he can go on TV and lie, once again, that he was responsible for bringing everyone together. It is so sad.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  397. Roberticious

    McCain has smelled fear of the debate.But the Americans are aware of him.Let us all match forward and elect Obama to bring back America where it is supposed to be.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  398. Tina Peters

    Yes, without a doubt, the first debate should be postponed. People are running out of gas on the side of roads, those who are not able to be spiritually encouraged are having emotional traumas; and so on and so on. Concerned leadership minds need to come together to make the best decisions possible for America in this time of crisis.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  399. ldahlke

    Repeat to add name and location

    Sure. Cancel the Presidential debate. Ask the Vice-Presidential Candidates to debate on Friday instead. Wouldn’t that be interesting?

    Larry from Virginia

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  400. thomas

    Jack- It's easy... Change the debate topic to the economy instead of foreign policy- that way Mcain can tell us what his economic plan is, and then get on a plane to Washington and give it to Congress!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  401. Raina

    I don't think its necessary to postpone the debate. I think McCain just needs extra time to prepare because he's intimidated by Obama's ability to clearly articulate his views on this important issue. He's probably also working tirelessly with his PR team and campaign advisers to come up with some pify responses on his previous involvement in the very situation that led to our country's ecomonic decline.

    Raina- Las Vegas, NV

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  402. Susie in Olathe, KS

    Hell no! John McCain is trying to weasle out of this debate because he knows he can't match up with Obama on the economic crisis. If John McCain really wanted to help "find a solution" he should have come out last week when it hit and stated then his willingness to work with Democrats and Republicans to find the best possible solution. He didn't do that! Instead he told us that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong," which we all knew was a lie, or just plain ignorance. He has spent so much time dodging the issue and changing positions, and now he wants us to believe that he has the country's best interests at heart in wanting to "suspend campaigning". Ridiculous!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  403. Tyrone, San Francisco, Ca

    Jack: As a young man I learned how to chew gum and ride a bike "at the say time" so He who will be our next President should be able to do the same!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  404. Yeun Chou

    No, McCain is trying to show his leadership on solving this financial crisis. The fact is that Obama is the one who initiated this joint statement proposal. But McCain is trying to take the credit and also avoid showing his weakness during the debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  405. Sara, Madison WI

    No- do not postpone this debate! The american people have long awaited a chance to see these men, side by side, sharing their views. What better topic than the financial crisis to help us understand each man's views, style and leadership ability. McCain's attempt to further politicize this mess with the stunt he pulled today is shameful. He will again pretend that his actions are for the people, when it is clear his actions are only to suit his own interests.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  406. Richard Capp

    I for one think the debate should go on. To be frank with you Jack I am tired of both these candidates repeatedly telling us how much trouble we are in as nation without offering any substantive look at what their policy and actions would be to reverse course. Cancel the debate, not on your life candidates, it is time to put your feet to the fire, not run and hide behind the closed doors smoked filled rooms of the capitol building. One more thing, if any of this money the government and wall street is asking us, the American taxpayers, to pony up, is used to give one further golden parachute, I along with a lot of other Patriots, will be marching right down to Washington and dragging these silly fools out of their office and to the gallows where they belong. Keep up the good work Jack, and keep holding their feet to the flames.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  407. Jennifer

    Of course not. Obama was correct. A president must be able to handle more than one thing at a time, even if several of those things are urgent and important.

    The only reasons I can imagine McCain would want to go to Washington while committing the polictical suicide of taking a time out is that he is being forced by the industries to whom he is beholden, to get into the fray and protect corporate interests in the bailout/rescue bill.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  408. Rafael

    It MUST NOT be postponed. I propose they switch topics from foreign policy to domestic policy and focus on the economy. We NEED to know what the candidates have to say. This crisis is here today, it will not be postponed, and neither should the debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  409. Theresa Heard

    Jack,

    ABSOLUTELY NOT! Too many folks out there still can not see the obvious similarities between Bush and McMcain. The debate, I believe will be THE defining moment when those who have doubts about who should lead this country will clearly see that there's only one true choice, BARACK OBAMA!!!!!

    Theresa from Arizona

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  410. Gail Torelli

    Definitely NOT-this is just a ploy by the Republicans. We WANT to hear what they have to say on this crisis, along with so many other important matters. Is McCain going to hide himself from questions like they are doing with Palin???

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  411. Sue Mallory

    The debates absolutely should not be postponed. If anything they are more important than ever. I want to hear both sides in depth on the issues of the economic crisis we are in. What better way to really make choices that to hear how the candidates plan to manage moving forward. It is a cop out of unpreparededness to cancel them and there is NOTHING they can do but add to the chaos in DC by being there.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  412. Crystal

    NO!!! McCain is worried about how his party is going to vote and how that will effect his campaign. Frankly if I was McCain I'd be a little hesitant about facing Obama as well... the financial crisis is a great excuse to avoid being ripped to shreds in front of the American people.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  413. Scheena

    The debate must go on!! I needed to know what these two men intend to do to improve this horrible we the American people are facing. I think McCain is trying to avoid addressing the questions we need answered. Stop playing politics and truly put country first

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  414. Michael

    Jack,
    Hell NO! i want to hear what these guys have to say, Ive been waiting almost 2 years for this. The banking problem smells like a Political 911, or another build up to the Iraq war. i want to hear what the future President has to say about this. these guys have been in Washington since April, What makes them think they can make any difference there now. Congress is in enough hot water, we need them there trying to gain brownie points with the uneducated voters.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  415. Barbara Fikes

    No, no, no.– Please note.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  416. Bonnie Aronin

    Debate shpuld be canceled. These two should show their leadership qualities on the Senate floor and enter that debate. Being Senators is their present job and responsibility. That's putting country before any campaign.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  417. Emy from maryland

    Common we need to be realistic here, i think every American can see in between the lines that this is just a political strategy by the Mcain campaign to avoid talking about the real issues at the debate. The people want to hear at this time what these Presidential nominees have to offer, i say no to the postponement.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  418. Howard

    I am a registered Independent and am looking forward to the upcoming debates between the two candidates to help solidify my decisions as to who I think is best suited to be my leader in the next four years.

    I see no reason why the two candidates could not go on with the Friday night debate, whether they return to Washington or not. Actually, I am at a loss as to what their contributions would be if they are physically in Washington.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  419. Dee Guinn

    Yes, the debate should go forward. I think McCain is afraid to face direct questions about what he would , as president, do to handle this economic catastrophe. Especially after the "hoof in mouth" comments that he has been making. He needs to learn to engage brain before opening mouth.

    Dee Guinn
    Horseshoe Bay, TX

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  420. Steven Lehmann

    Jack,

    I think Sen. Schumer is correct. It is a political upmanship. Sen. McCain is trying to politicize this after Sen. Obama called him asking him if they'd like to release a joint statement.

    Now Senator McCain wants to postpone the debates? Jack, it's like a basketball game where the opponent has just scored 10-15 unanswered points. You call a time out. That's exactly what McCain is trying to do. He needs to stop Obama's momentum. He needs a new plan. He needs more time to personally learn about Economic issues(can you teach an old dog....?) And his team needs more time to help Gov. Palin learn about everything she needs to know in order to sound credible(she could be ready by Christmas, will Christmas work?).

    Steven Lehmann
    Fostoria, OH.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  421. shirley Bentley

    No, the debate should not be postponed. This is the problem now we do not know enough about what the canidates stand for.

    Failed to leave the state I am from which is Burlington, North Carolina 27215

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  422. Tina Douglas

    No way! Clearly the McCain campaign is getting nervous about their candidate standing on stage alongside a tall, thin, young, and healthy looking opponent.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  423. Dani

    Absoulty Not...the debate should go on! How dare Senator McCain use this financial crisis to get a step up on Obama. News Flash: Bush is still our President! What good is it going to do for McCain to all of a sudden rush and fly back to Washington when he's been in the Senate seat longer than I've been born....what a joke!

    Well, I hope it backfires and I hope people realize how conniving McCain really is.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  424. Tom

    Yes they should go back. I am tired of my taxes paying Senators to run for presidential elections on my money/time. When they are paid to represent me in the Senate. This is very important. I was cold towards McCain until this, but now I know who I will vote for.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  425. Steve

    Debate as scheduled! This is another desperate attempt by an increasingly desperate McCain campaign to deceive the voters. Shrouded in a cloak of concern for the public is the reality that McCain doesn't have a plan and doesn't want to reveal his inadequacies. The Bush White House has used the same tactic since day 1 and they'e more than willing to let McCain borrow the script. They won't let Palin loose in a legitimate news conference and now it's McCain's turn to play dodge the press. Obama's right – this is EXACTLY the time for the American people to see and hear what the candidates would do. 'Fess up John!

    Steve – Ann Arbor, MI

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  426. Tarnell-Atl

    I dont know why John Mccain wants to suspend the debate. Last week he said the economy was fundamentally strong. This is is a political stunt. A lot of the these republicans want to hide there uniforms now. Knowing they have screwed this country up.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  427. irene Bausmith

    NO. The debate should not be suspended. What better way for us to SEE and HEAR how these candidates would respond to a disaster! McCain is running to the closet and hiding – as he has been with his vice presidential candidate. We have had too many quick, closed door solutions from a leader who cannot communicate with us or with the rest of the world. This is only one of the emergencies we are sure to face. Let us hear from these candidates!
    Please keep up your good work. As we travel, we realize CNN is the window of the USA to the world. THANKS.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  428. toni

    No no no no no no no no no, well maybe he should send Palin to take his place after all he says that she is ready. As long as she doesn"t blink.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  429. Nic

    The show must go on !

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  430. Anthony Kinslow

    The Debate Should go on! We need to hear what the candidates have to say, because one of them will be our president come January and our financial problems aren't going away when the current administration leaves.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  431. Sandra

    No way, Jack!!!!! If McCain is all about "Country First" then he needs a clue that WE , the American peole, are the country, not Washington. We want the debate!!! Clearly McCain is running scared and wants to delay the inevitable: proof that he is NOT and never will be qualified to run this country. Does he really think we are that stupid that we can't see through his ridiculous ploy to use the "economic crisis" as a way to buy more time? It should be up to the American people to have this debate – don't we have a say in anything anymore??

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  432. Derek Holt

    Hell no!

    Derek
    Clinton, MS

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  433. Carlos C.

    Only if they are ask by the senate to return to washington. People are looking for leadership in this situation and more Americans could be looking up to these two canidates than to Bush's address tonight. Maybe they can help ease some of the worries people have about the future of the economy. BTW Free Sarah Palin!!! ==NJ

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  434. Janet & Ira Paulk

    Americans are so distrustful of their current leaders, now, more than ever they need to hear from their future leaders. Yes, the Friday night debate should go forward.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  435. Susan, NC

    No. McCain is grandstanding. If he was sincere, he would have privately asked Obama to join him prior to his public announcement.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  436. alfred loving

    Jack, I wish you were running for President instead of McCain. As a Republican, I'm very embarrassed that my candidate can't handle a debate and a crisis together. Unfortunately, Obama got it right this time. Offer assistance, and monitor the bailout is the right way to go while staying in front of the American people with info. That's what Guilani did during the aftermath of 911 and look what it did for his career. AL

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  437. Roz in Camarillo, California

    We all understand that walking and chewing gum aren't McCain's forte, but if he wants to show us that he can manage more than one crisis at a time, he needs to step up and debate!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  438. Amy

    Absolutely not! McCain needs to stand up and take the heat. The McCain camp knows he is not ready to debate and they are now trying to jump ship and push the blame on Obama. I hope that if our country is ever in danger that McCain wouldn't go vacation at Camp David. The Republican Party is hoping the American public will get lost in all the hoopla!!!!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  439. Ernie charleston wv

    I agree with you jack, keep the debates as scheduled. Lets see what the candidates have to say about all this mess we are in. I would have to believe that Obama would blow Mc Cain out of the water. Mc Cain doesnt know what to do, nor does he know how to run a country. Why should us Americans have to pay for a buisness failure, we are already broke now, where in the world do we Americans come up with the extra money to do something like this. I think its a very bad Idea.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  440. Will

    I think the debate should go on. It's obvious what John McCain is doing... Pulling a political stunt, and everyone can see right through it. He hasn't been a part of this situation, so what better way to make people think he is... Postpone the campaign, and make people feel like you care. Not going to work.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  441. Pamela Farland

    No the debates should go on!
    We need to hear how they are going to deal with this crisis, this is the perfect time for a debate.
    This is the utimate multi tasking job, a President should be able to deal with more than one issue at a time.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  442. Bill from Richmond

    The debate should go on. Presidents don't get to delay the flood of activities that beset them daily. Neither should candidates. Debate or step aside.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  443. judith juselius, Pittsburgh,pa.

    Absolutely not. The debate should go on ... I think that McCain's nerves are getting the best of him ... The thought that he will face Obama in a few short hours is more than he can stand. As a result of that, he is trying to look like he is sacrificing for the good of the country. What on earth do his views of the economy matter with how serious this crisis is and how little he knows? He already has admitted that the economy is not his forte. Run away, Johnny, Run away!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  444. Citizen Demanding Answers

    Absolutely not! The debate is the first chance to measure these two men head to head. National Security is tied 100% to the nation's financial health. This bailout represent the largest transfer of power in U.S. history. I want to John "deregulation" McCain explain to Obama and the American people how giving Wall Street $700 more billion will stop the next crash. Remember, Republicans got us INTO the last Depression and a Democratic President (FDR) pulled us out.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  445. Bonnie Fletcher Kirkland, Washington

    Yes, the debate should go on. Looks like McCain is looking for an excuse to delay.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  446. kathy - st. paul

    Let the debates go on. They may actually come up with some good ideas around the economy. Use this forum for nonpartisan problem solving. If the intent is to solve the problems with the economy, let's hear what they have to say,

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  447. James S. Lenon - Chuckey TN

    No. If McCain (and his sock-hop puppet Palin) can't speak to the press and the public, openly, off the cuff, and honestly in a public debate about how we will handle the current financial meltdown, there is no need to hold an election. He's had all his political career to prepare for this first debate. He and Palin just blinked.

    Post script: Jack, I defy you to pronounce "sock-hop puppet" without bungling it. I've tried ten times and failed.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  448. Bob

    Presidents do not lead from the weeds - neither can afford to get caught up in the details of the bailout. We need to hear Friday what each would do as president so we can determine what the differences are. Isn't a President supposed to be able to focus on more than on major issue at a time?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  449. Jean Nestor

    Orange, New Jersey

    I honostly believe the debate should go on as scheduled. This is the perfect time to see what each candidate would do for the economy in an emergent situation like this. As an independent voter, the debate will allow me to make a decision who I will be voting for in November.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  450. John from Lake Zurich

    No, because the most good that Obama and McCain can do is to agree on the major points of this bailout in a bipartisan manner. The worst that could happen is to have a hysterical McCain running around Washington disrupting and distracting these congressional efforts.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  451. linda ann cingrana

    my husband and i don't think the 2 hours that the candidates spend debating is going to effect what is going on in the economy other than to let the american people know where they stand on the issues. we feel that john mccain does not want to debate obama because he is unprepared for the debate, as he is unprepared to be president of the united states...

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  452. Apollolake@msn.com

    Absolutely not! The debate MUST go forward and John McCain is only trying to evade his responsiblity to stand up and tell the American people what HE would do now given this economic mess. Maybe he does not understand economics sufficiently to comment or debate! Could this be the reason he wishes to postpone the debate? The debate must go on, and we as voters have a great need to know his ideas NOW and those of Senator Obama so that we can decide for whom to vote in five short weeks!
    Ken from Milan Illinois

    September 24, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  453. Jennifer

    No. The candidates should stay out of the negotiations because their presence would only complicate things.

    This is political game-playing.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  454. David

    We need a leader who can debate these issues – not hide from them. If McCain wants to be the next President of the United States – he needs to debate on Friday!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  455. Kathy in Tennessee

    No, this is another attempt by a not-ready McCain to goad Obama into cancelling a debate in which Obama has an advantage. Our financial crisis is important, but there's no reason they can't do two things at once. It would also be a local and maybe national economic impact to cancel such a publicized event at the last minute. This is faux Presidential on McCain's part; Obama's response was the real deal.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  456. G. Bessler

    Oh hell no! ! If our future president can't take care of more than one crisis at a time, heaven help us all!!

    G. Bessler,
    Indianapolis, IN

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  457. Jean, MO

    Absolutely not. Stop acting like a scaredy cat, get in there and debate. Has McCain now morphed into Palin, ducking all venues where he might be asked questions?
    He keeps copy-catting Obama's ideas and implementing them on the campaign trail. Thank God he came up with this lollapaloosa himself.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  458. Jewli Judd

    Absoluteley not!

    How is delaying the dabate going to solve the crisis! I want to hear what the candiates have to say as they face off on Friday
    Just another political ploy on the Republican's shoulders.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  459. jackie in naperville, illinois

    absolutely not! all the more reason to have the debate. sooner or later mccain will have to face the music and show the world how incompetent he is.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  460. Phyllice Pichon

    No! The debat must go on!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  461. Diana - Huntington Beach, CA

    Bring on the debate- If you can find time to attend Clinton's global meeting .. SURELY YOU CAN FIND 2 HOURS for the American people to listen to you. Isn't it enough that you keep Palin from the public and media.... that now you want to do it also. Shame on McCain

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  462. Jackie in Powder Springs, GA

    Hi Jack,

    Of course the Presidential debate should go on as planned. McCain is up to the same old tricks as Bush. Always trying to distract us from their real intentions. Whatever happened to multi-tasking? They can handle the crisis and have the debate. I think McCain is not prepared for the debate on Friday and also he wants to buy more time for Sarah Palin's VP debate. I will bet you that if this Presidential debate is canceled, McCain will also insist on the VP debate being postponed as well. Can't have the VP debate without a Presidential debate first, right? Wake up, America! Don't let McCain get away with this like Bush got away with fear tactics that led us to an expensive, unjust war in Iraq.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  463. Andrew Tyler

    No the debate must continue. While its a borderline crisis, as a leader one has to be able to multi-task and handle several major issues at once. Apparently McCain doesn't have that ability. I also find it interesting that Obama reached out to McCain first, and it appears that McCain went behind his back and tried to beat him to the punch. I initially was a McCain supporter, but as time goes by and the campaign progresses I don't see him as a Maverick, but as just another politician with his own interests first, no matter the cost.

    Seattle, WA

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  464. Terrance Bolon

    McCains request to postpone the debate sounds like a stalling tactic to me. A President should have the ability to multitask. If the candidates have all their eggs in their baskets, there is no need to postpone the debate. It is the him-hawing behavior which got us in this economic mess in ht efirst place. Move on fellows.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  465. dick conrad

    Another despoate attempt by Carl Rove and Republicans to try to hide their failures

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  466. Beamer from Virginia

    Absolutely not! How long can the actual debate take place? A couple of hours at the most? As Obama stated, a leader in a position such as the President of the United States needs to be able to multi-task. If McCain was capable of using the internet, he could assist Congress via cyberspace until he could get to Washington while attend ing the debate at the same time. The people deserve to hear from its candidates.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  467. Dietmar

    NO..!! If Congress can't reach a proper solution without McCain {or Obama}, we should get rid of them all and start over.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  468. Mary

    What happened to the Maverick? He is the one that has been wanting a debate with Obama and conplaining that he would not have one. Now he wants to chicken out since he can't have the Alaskin Queen by his side to distract from his short comings.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  469. cynthia smith

    No – don't postpone the debate. Even though I have known for months for whom I'm voting, I STILL want to see/hear both candidates in
    an unrehearsed debate. Can they speak spontaneously? Do they
    make me feel that they have substantial knowledge of these financial messes? And better yet, how they would fix the messes?

    cynthia s.
    Steuben WI

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  470. Claude Washington, III

    No the first presidential debate should not be cancelled. This is just another one of John McCain's machinations to sway the popular vote back in his direction. McCain wants to be able to say that he suggested that the campaign be post poned and that he has the stronger leadership qualities if Barack Obama would have agreed to such a thing. But we, the American public know the truth. McCain dreds that Friday night debate because he know that Obama is going to vanquish him thoroughly. The Sarah Palin farce did not work and neither will this cowardly display. Finally, the American public also knows that if it walks like a republican, and talks like a republican, its a republican! You know, the party and incumbency who has gotten us into this mess over the last eight years.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  471. Don

    Yes.
    If they take a break for 5 days who'll miss them other than the "Situation Room"? Maybe you all will refocus the nation on giving help to the gulf coast for a few days. I know... that's no fun.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  472. Stephen E.

    Surely there will be times when the President will be faced with multiple obstacles at once. We need a President who won't ignore one situation when another arises. The President of the USA has to be able to ride and whistle at the same time.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  473. Dolores Quinlan

    NO WAY!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  474. Bobbi Kidwell

    I think that if Obama wanted it post poned then that would be the right thing to do under the circimstances. What ever Obama wants, you seem to defend. I think it would be real funny to hear the comments you would have made had that happened. What difference does it really make? You would not like McCain if he stood on his head and fixed the ecomony in a day. You would find something wrong with it. I can't wait to hear you IF Obama wins. How long will you think he is so GREAT. YOU have turned most of us against Obama so you should be real proud.
    McCain will win the debate so it would be good if Obama studied some more.
    And I don't like the fact Obama took the American Flag off his plane and put his symbol on it. It looks like someone who thinks the flag is not important. Ask a Vet what he thinks about that.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  475. jeff maffett

    Hell no, we have been waiting a long time for this debate so the American people can finally see why Obama is the best choice to be our next President. McCain should plan on keeping his old day job he has had for the past 26 years where he hasn't accomplished much anyway.
    jeff

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  476. Vernis Robertson

    No ! The President is to multi-task . Maybe if McCain knew how to use a computer or a blackberry , he would'nt this communication problem. The American people needs to hear what will they do about these crisis as President.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  477. Mike

    No way,what a strategy for Mc cain,Palin not talking to the press, now Mc cain not debating....GET OVER IT MC SAME.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  478. norm

    The debate must go on as scheduled. Presidents must be able to handle multiple situations at the same time. I was a solid McCain supporter but now I will vote for Obama.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  479. Lisa

    The debate should go on. It appears as though McCain is looking for another bailout.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  480. Steve

    Obama said it all in his statement. "This is a crisis but presidents have other crisis's to concern themselves with. This clearly sets himself beyond McCain as a Senetor and looks more presidential by the day. Look at Korea and Iran. Do you think that this is on Bush's (McCain) mind right now? You have a real leader happening before your eyes.
    He offers the same dreams, convictions and determination as some of your previous presidents. The page turners in American politics
    Steve
    Ontario

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  481. vincent busby

    yes the debate should go on . mc cain has no idea what to say or offer to this situation ,if he has any solutions to this mess he should let the nation hear it ,not hide in washington .i think he is part of the problem.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  482. Connie, Richmond, VA

    NO. Why is John M. constantly trying to dictate how Obama runs his campaign? Let John suspend his sleazy campaign; I would, too if my campaign was being run that badly.

    Palin can't talk to the press and now John wants to dodge the debate? Truth is neither candidate can swoop in with a cape with an "S" on it to solve this crisis.

    That great POW "hero" is a coward!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  483. Kimberly, Portland OR

    They have to go on as planned. If they want my hard earned dollar to bail out this crisis, they darn well better address me and give me the debates I've been waiting for.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  484. Jane Hill

    I'm no expert, but it sounds as if the problematic access to business capital could prove to freeze our economy...just like the political stalemate in Congress of the two major parties has frozen any action that could be taken on most issues.

    It will take a real leader with powerful negotiating skills to quickly bridge this impending crisis. Running for office should be secondary to the responsibilities of holding an office. Both candidates should be showing us how they will lead the country BY LEADING RIGHT NOW.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  485. karen

    Since we know McCain knows nothing about economics (thanks to his own words) why oh why does he think we'd buy the "I'm going back to
    Washington to give them a hand with this problem." Since he's admitted he's not up to speed on the economy what does he possibly think he can contribute??? Keep the debate going. Do not let McRove call the shots and put the Dems on the defense.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  486. keith topel

    Absolutely not. People want to hear directly from candidates. In terms of conspiracy theories, I think the Republicans (gingrich, et al) are saying "no" to the bailout but are going to "rally" around McCain just so he can be viewed as the "Great Mediator" needed to lead the country. A crock, and by the way, so is the bailout. I would rather see us go into a recession or worse, than go forward with the bailout.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  487. LA in Florida

    I want to hear from each candidate what "their" plan is on how they would handle this financial crises. Could it be that McCain has no plan? He couldn't even answer the question yesterday whether he would support the solution proposed by Secretary Paulson if he were to be the "deciding" vote. How did he become the Republican nominee for President????

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  488. David Banks

    The debate and campaign should go on as scheduled. We need to elect a president who can chew gum and walk at the same time. McCain is trailing badly in the polls and is using the financial crisis as a diversion. How can he purport to advance a solution to the problem is he thinks the economy is fundamentally strong? The topic of the debate should be changed to let voters know how the candidates, as president, would deal with this financial crisis.

    Indiana

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  489. Rick Grooms

    I truely believe that this is another situation that the debate should go forward. If MCcain, can't chew chewing gum and walk at the same time, How in the hell can he be a serious candidate for the Presidency

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  490. Margie in California

    The debate MUST go on !!!! We have been waiting months to see these guys go head to head. The topic should be changed to the economy but I doubt that will happen.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  491. evelyn lindauer

    Oops, I answered the wrong question. Yes the debate should go on. Otherwise I will the nation know how wrong McCain is about most everything. Maybe he married the right woman (after dumping his loyal disfigured wife) being she is rich beyond most of our dreams. I will never drink a budweiser again just in case she makes a few cents off of it. Oh well, this election is driving me to drink anyway.

    evelyn reno nv

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  492. emma lane

    The campaign should go forth......especially now. It should not be postponed. McCain is trying to use this as a weapon against his opponent. There is no reason why ads and speaches cannot be delayed but the debate go forward. It is the candidates way of presenting their views in a forthright manner to ALL American citizens.

    The reason why Pres Bush has not addressed this issue is:

    His and McCain's antiquated concept of governing.....NO government involvement with the citizens of the country nor is the country important either. Why have one at all if they are not interested in a partnership with the people of the country?

    He has failed as a President and needs to do something so it can be included in his LIBRARY......that is all. He nor Republicans for that matter have ever cared about the overall security of the American people. They are only interested in WAR. Bush has been obsessed with WAR and so is McCain. Terrorist and terriorism has been highly present and visible since the 1970's!! It did not begin in 1993....it only touched our soil at that point. Why were they not concerned before?

    McCain is behind and is trying to highjack the American people and their precious gift......their vote with this minipulative ploy. If he will do this to us now, he will do this to us as President.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  493. Mary

    No no no! Is McCain afraid? I believe the people will be very disappointed it the debate does not go ahead as planned. It's like Obama said ,"We both have airplanes", so if they are needed in Washington they can go, but still do the debate. mary in Arkansas

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  494. Ted

    It would be all too easy to look at this as a sly political move. If you can get past the cynical thinking that many of us Americans seem to have right now, you would realize that this is a crisis for our country like we have not seen since the Great Depression.

    We need our leaders to do what we pay them to do which is to lead. Not to debate and play around with words, while our country continues to slide.

    I vote for delaying the mudslinging and get to work finding a way out of this mess!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  495. Joh

    I want to hear what they have to say! I want Obama to continue to press for the debate. I just think it's ridiculous for McCain to think he's going return (like the prodigal son) to personally 'see to' fixing this little 'disruption' in our ecomony.
    How involved could he really be... jumping into discussions regarding matters he shows little or no true working knowledge of to begin with???
    For that reason alone he should suspend his campaign until Nov. 3rd – of 2009.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  496. rosina

    no..600 Billion times no........let's show we can handle a crisis and talk at the same time!....

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  497. DETEACHIA

    NO...WHAT SINCE DOES THIS MEAN

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  498. Marge

    No ... the debate should NOT be cancelled. John McCain just pulled 'another' stunt to suspend his campaign and go back to Washington as though he's the 'Saviour' and can fix the whole problem. I'm sure the commercial is 'already in the can' to prove what a LEADER he is and Obama standing back in the wings. What a mess this country is in!!

    Marge
    Bend, OR

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  499. richard forbes warwick ri

    I say No!!! This smells of 9/11 and the first erosion of our constitution. It's a perfect storm for another duping of the American people. McCain's campaign is not able to withstand the justified scrutiny of the press and a real debate. There's a pattern of shielding the campaign from the press which essentially makes McCain/Palin unaccountable. McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time. He was for deregulation until it came crashing down. Those in power are betting on the American people to become frightened and vote against our own interests! It smells!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  500. Hilde

    debates should go on
    McMighty Mouse wants to appear as "here I come to save the day", a political gimmick

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  501. Brenda

    It's time for John McCain to stop playing politics and face the american

    people! THE DEBATE MUST GO ON !

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  502. Michaelene

    Here we go! More of the SAME WITH MCCAIN!! Instead of standing up and telling us what he REALLY believes in and letting the current committees work together unencumbered. He wants to look like our night in shining armor. Problem is, He cant decide whether to pull out his sword or his shield, and even if he did, he probably wouldnt know how to use them. Maybe he can just get one of those T-shirts that has a finger pointing to a photo of Obama with a tag-line of "What he said"!
    Michaelene

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  503. Rosalie

    Debates should go on as planned.

    McCain wants to avoid any questions on this financial debacle.

    My friend said that in Japan the heads of these companies would commit harikari.

    To paraphrase Harry Truman: The buck stops here!

    Who bails out the rest of us?

    I do not have a golden parachute in my life!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  504. Edward

    No. We don't need to fan the flames of fear. The candidates need to both be presidential and carry on with the equally crucial job of defining their respective plans for the future.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  505. Vivian

    Absolutely not. Any one who thinks they can be president of the United States is suppose to be able to handle many crisis at one time. If senator Mccain can not handle a simple economic crisis and still debate his oponent how is he going to lead the nation and handle all the crisis that comes with the job. This just show he is not competent to do the job and will hide every time a crisis arise. This is not the kind of president I want to lead this grate nation.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  506. Kam

    Obviously, the McCain campaign is falling apart at the seams. He is either afraid to debate Obama OR he clearly has a problem with multi-tasking. What if there is a terrorist threat tomorrow? Is he going to ask Bin Laden to postpone his attack because he can't handle it right now?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  507. Sharon E Adam

    Definitely should hold the debate on Friday. McCain was the one who pushed for the debates, right!! Well now more than ever we need him to be in the debate on Friday. I find it rather odd that he all of a sudden makes this dramatic announcement of cancelling the debate and also curtailing is campaign. Maybe there is something in the Pailin camp that they are trying to keep quiet or keep from coming out to the mass media.

    This campaign with Palin is so odd...I am sure you will here next that she needs to step down from the race for VP due to a family crisis.
    This candidacy is definitely not truthful...and there is a lot of info being hidden and is starting to leak out and McCain knows it and needs to try and cover the leaks and that is why he is suspending the debates.

    Thanks for reading my theory.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  508. Josh, NY

    Absolutely. Let's not forget the citizens in Arizona and Illinois voted for these two men to serve our country in the Senate. It's fine to go play politics to win an election but this is a huge economic crisis. They need to do the jobs they are currently elected to do.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  509. Gordon Chapin, Leesburg, FL

    Is McCain kidding or what? This is a transparent attempt to hype his campaign slogan, "Country First", while postponing the inevitable, i.e. looking like a doddering old man not equiped to lead this country.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  510. Joni from Cleveland

    This $700 Billion bailout is without a doubt the most critical issue facing our country today. The country wants to know what each candidate believes needs to be done BEFORE it's done!

    If they can't handle both how could they possibly handle any other crisis?

    McCain doesn't look presidential by backing out of the debates, he looks weak and incapable.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  511. Paula M

    If John McCain feels the need to be in Washington, why not move the debate there? Isn't now the time to hear how the candidates stand on the economy as well as many other issues? There's not much time left for the economic package to be approved, but there also is not much time left for voters to hear the candidates' positions.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  512. Carol

    Of course not! The McCain campaign is trying anything and everything to get them out of the mess they are in now and this is just another ploy to make Obama look as if he is the unpatriotic candidate if he does not go along with them. I sure hope that the American people will not fall for this crap.

    Atlanta

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  513. Rick Bothell WA

    Thanks Sen. McCain for showing us before it was too late that you cannot handle doing two things at once.

    Perhaps it would be best for you to just suspend your campaign period, concede the election, go back to the senate and stay there.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  514. Cheryle, Napa Ca

    No, the debates should not be canceled. McCain has been begging daily for Obama to share a stage with him, so get on with it. This crisis will not be fixed by either one of them, but it could be further damaged by one or both. McCain and Obama need to face the PUBLIC in a debate, ENOUGH WITH THE ADS!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  515. Cecelia McCuiston

    Good Lord yes the debate should go on this Friday as planned. We the American people should finally hear how McCain plans on running this Country. If he can't handle more than one thing at a time then by God he shouldn't be President. Which I've known all along he shouldn't be. It will be interesting to
    see how he answers questions without his wife whispering in his ear. Maybe the people running this debate should make sure he doesn' t have an earpiece on so she can whisper by remote.

    San Jose
    California

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  516. Giorgi, NY

    No it should not! This is a distraction. Its no surprise McCain doesn't want to talk about the the current issues, he has nothing substantial to say. Other then lip singing to the Bushes "fundamental strength" of the economy, having to later back off of it.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  517. kathy bandujo

    No, the debate should absolutely not be postponed! McCain is on record as saying he doesn't have a strong grasp on economic theory. It's not like he's one of the foremost economic experts whose presence is needed round the clock to hammer out the bailout agreement. This is a PR stunt. Americans need answers and the debate may be one of the few ways we'll get them (if the press doesn't start doing a better job of getting the facts out rather than covering the spin).

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  518. jan kruszewski

    The debate needs to go forward. It's clear why MCcain wants to postpone, unlike Obama I'm willing to bet he hasn't been in contact with Paulson and Bernacke on a daily basis. If a candidate can't handle more than one major event at a time he doesn't deserve to be President.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  519. T. Curry

    ABSOLUTELY NOT ! This debate is highly anticipated by some in the public.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  520. Ruth from Colorado

    Now more than ever, we need to hear the policies these candidates support & do not support in order to clarify their positions. The president of the United States must be capable of multi-tasking!

    The debate should NOT be postponed!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  521. Drew

    Being mad about postponing the debate is selfish. For this to be considered a political "stunt" by McCain is outrageous. I mean he's not George Bush. Relax, America needs all it's weapons to deal with this crisis. And if Obama cannot stand up for his constituents by not being a part of it, than what good is he as a candidate. He promotes change but is unwilling to unite America when it needs his input and vote the most. Be there or be square!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  522. Ken Moore

    Of course the debates should be postponed, and we do not want to hear cafferty bias comments on this. This is too important for the country to get this wrong, and too important for cafferty big month sounding off.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  523. Darren

    Because of the current financial crisis in America, it is more important than ever that the debates be held as scheduled. Change Friday's topic from "foreign affairs" to the "economy", and let 'em duke it out!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  524. Dan- Orange Park, FL

    I would like the people to remember these two men running for president still have a job as senators. It’s time they go back to Washington. Let’s see who can reach across the aisle to get this problem resolved, maybe then we will get a glimpse of who could better run this country.

    Dan
    Orange Park, FL

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  525. Mary Pat Musick

    The debate should go on. The administration has a crises that the congress must commit to with urgency, no time for debate, just trust them…sound familiar? McCain is shooting from the hip again, With his dysfunctional demeanor and Obama’s pragmatic one I don’t blame McCain’s campaign for trying to back out of showing them side by side.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  526. Rich

    Jack, you're an idiot.

    You know, or at least you should, that candidates will say whatever it is they think the American people want to hear at debates. They very rarely do what they say they will. Instead of listening to McCain and Obama stand up and put on a show for America, have them go to Washington and actually do something.

    If Obama was the one calling for the debate to be delayed, you'd be singing his praises, but since you, along with most of the media, are intent on getting Obama elected, you spew your garbage to try and make McCain look bad.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  527. Frank E. Crawford

    No, the debate should go on.

    Both Senators have all weekend to work in Washington on the financial crisis.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  528. RalphJ

    To quote Hillary, NO WAY, NO HOW, NO McCAIN! We are too close to the election to cancel any debate. We the American people DEMAND the debate. The people need to know where they stand on this and many other issues that effect us on a daily basis.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  529. Pat from Montana

    The debates should not be delayed. However, that does not mean the candidates can't do their current jobs, being senators. They can go back to Washington and be personally involved in this crisis and do the debates from Washington. I'm tired of rhetoric. I want action. I don't know about you, but for me a face-to-face discussion has much more impact than e-mail or telephone conversation. If these two want to do whatever they can to help, they can stop jawing about it and get back to Washington and do their jobs–being senators.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  530. Ronald T.

    We need to hear this debate and John McCain wants to postpone.Hey John this is the 21st century and we have all kinds of communications,Telecoms,Hotlines,Com.calls in board rooms miles from each other,NEW YORK to JAPAN ect.Come on JOHN you said you've taken on tough guys before,don't run from this debate.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  531. Lorraine (Sammamish WA)

    Jack: "The phone has just rung", and I want to see how Obama and Mc Cain are going to answer the call!
    We need to have the debate to get the answer.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  532. Robert Jones of Baltimore, MD

    The debate should not be postponed! Can't McCain do more than one thing at a time. The President has to work with multiple situations at once even if all of them are crisis'! McCain is running scared. I believe he must have a problem keeping his mind steady on more than one thing at a time. Let the debate proceed and let's see how the chips fall! Next thing you know, they'll want to postpone the VP debate!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  533. doreen

    hell no. the debates should definitely go on as scheduled. it would be like waiting for your favorite football game match up of the year and find out one team's not showing up. your baloon is flying high and then blam! it's blown out of the sky. disappointment doesn't even cover it.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  534. Joan Duke

    No! No! No! McCain will do anything to look important right now, but please, we don't need him to interfere with what the Democrats and Republicans are working very hard to solve together. Leave presidential politics out of it!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  535. Orita Martin

    I agree the campaign should be suspended so the Sentors can do their jobs in Washington, DC

    However, I do not think the debate should be canceled. The Election date of Nov. 4 will not change and the debates are important for seeing the candidates reacting in the same environment.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  536. Bill Bend, Or.

    Yes, the debate should go on. Ohbama reached out initially to McCain to make a joint statement and McCain agreed. Then, out of the blue McCain is heading to Washington to solve this financial crisis. Grandstanding or what? I think the McCain campain does not feel comfortable with McCain going face to face with Ohbama because he would do poorly in that venue. It's the perfect excuse to run away and appear presidential. What could he possibly do in Washington that he couldn't do over the phone?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  537. Carol Overholt

    No!! Absolutely Not!! Do not stop the debates!! Let the games begin!! This is precisely the time this country wants to hear what the candidates have to say. Declaring the debates should be postponed appears to me that is merely trying to duck the issues or get additional time to prepare for them.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  538. Bruce St Paul MN

    The McCain camp must think that they can hide forever. They found a way to keep Bush and Cheney from the RNC, they won't allow actual reporters to talk to Palin, and now they want to avoid the first debate. They should just put bags over their heads and wear t-shirts that say R is for reformer, not for Republican.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  539. Steven

    McCaim's suggestion is so outrageous, on so many levels, that I hardly know where to begin. After a billion dollars and a gazillion words; after input by every government official in the US and every economist; after hearings and commercials and endless discussions, McCain thinks the hour and a half he would spend debating his opponent is so precious, that he doesn't have the time? I can assure him, that the American people won't think any less of him, if he stands toe to toe with Obama, while others work out the problem during that short time.

    I wonder what excuse he'll use to keep Palin from her debate?

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  540. Harve, from Philadelphia

    All of a sudden this is a crisis when corporations are threaten. What did he (McCain) do to help the the guy on the street. We want to here from our future President at this time! Not a two minute statement. This is Bush III. Let the debates happen.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  541. Kaye, Bloomington, IN

    Absolutely not. The financial crises is the worst US crisis since the cold war and the Bay of Pigs. We need to hear what these candidates have to say. They are the men who we will elect to fix this financial debacle. Why don't these candidates reach out to Allen Greenspan who had the most responsible fiscal policies since FDR. It's time to say enough to Washington policies and vote on fiscally responsible candidates. It's sad that my grandchildren will never know the United States I grew up with. They won't be able to afford it.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  542. Edie Finch

    No, the debate should not be postponed. The debate should go on as schedulled.
    McCain should stop trying to use every opportunity to his political advantage.
    Americans need to open their eyes, ears and heart and allow themselves to see the truth for what it really is.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  543. Deb in Lancaster, PA

    Jack, this is nothing more than a diversionary tactic from the McCain camp. He wants to come off presidential, and thinks he can shame Sen. Obama into caving in and stoping the campaign.
    The debates must go on. The campaigns must go on. (Come to think of it, McCain can stop if he wants...) McCain knows he is going to face a formidable opponent, so he likely wants more prep time. McCain's return to Washington is nothing more than political grandstanding.
    He proved that by jumping the gun and issuing a statement before issuing the joint statement with Obama. He made it sound like this was all his idea. I can't stand liars.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  544. Francis Cratil

    Yes, the debate should go on. In just over 40 days we're going to make possibly the most important decision in our recent history and we need to make an educated choice.

    In this time of split-second communications and turmoil on every front it's difficult to understand why the candidates could not influence the economic crisis debate from a distance and why one would not be able to multi-task. Being president will not be about convenience, it will be about handling everything that comes down the pike.

    Moreover, we the people need to be educated about what these men think about the crisis and its impact on our world standing and ability to carry out an effective, well-considered foreign policy.

    When does McCain suggest this discussion happen? After the elections?

    Francis Cratil

    Philadelphia, PA

    September 24, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  545. Ballah

    Absolutely not. This is a joke for sen.mcCain to even think about something like this. don't the american people deserve to know their position.The only thing that should be suspaended his run for th white house. i don't think he get it, people want to know what he is going to do for them, and all he can think about is himself. this is a disgrace

    September 24, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  546. Andy Solomon

    Absolutely not! This is obviously a political ploy by McCain.
    Just because he's losing, now he's starting to act like a sore loser!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  547. J.W.royal

    Go's to show you about McCain he doesn't want to get showed up at the debates. Why not fly to Washington DC after the debates. Can't he take care of more than one thing at a time.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  548. Robert Sargent

    The debate must go on. This is our chance to hear the candidates answer the giant financial crisis facing our nation. What good whould McCain do by returning to Washington. He said "I don't know much about the economy". McCain tryed to stick it to Obama by jumping in front of the cameras to show leadership. He looked desperate! Obama looked and sounded presidential.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  549. S Gilsoul

    Since niether resigned their elected positions they should both go back to Washington and do wht they were elected to do. Since they both claim to be able to reach across the aisle and work with the members of the other party they should do it. This is extremely important to our country. We need all the help we can get. For the sake of our children and grandchildren I hope that this can be worked out. The election, for all the entertainment value it brings, is certainly not more important than this crisis!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  550. Vnia Naylene

    John McCain should feel ridiculous for even running for president after supporting so strongly the last failure of one. Now, he should feel even more ridiculous for running scared. It's laughable that under the guise of "Putting the American people first" he is using a serious economic crisis, to run and hide from debates he knows he can't win. At last we finally have some tranparency in government!

    September 24, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  551. Ombachi Ombati

    McCain proves that he has poor judgement.The folk waits until Obama calls him and that is when he decides to postpone everything including the debate.I wonder how McCain could handle the sudden situations of the country if he can not prove to Americans that he is prepared to do million things in a second.Poor McCain, Americans don't need you.

    September 24, 2008 at 5:45 pm |