McCain supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there’s no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis.
In this scenario, the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin would be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined, and take place in Oxford, Mississippi, currently slated to be the site of the first presidential face-off this Friday.
Graham says the McCain camp is well aware of the position of the Obama campaign and the debate commission that the debate should go on as planned — but both he and another senior McCain adviser insist the Republican nominee will not go to the debate Friday if there’s no deal on the bailout.
Obama told McCain Thanks, but No Thanks.
Hours after John McCain called for the first presidential debate to be re-scheduled if a bailout package is not finalized by Friday morning, the Commission on Presidential Debates said it was moving forward with its original plan:
“The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is moving forward with its plan for the first presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. this Friday, Sept. 26,” the group said in a statement. “
The plans for this forum have been underway for more than a year and a half. The CPD’s mission is to provide a forum in which the American public has an opportunity to hear the leading candidates for the president of the United States debate the critical issues facing the nation. We believe the public will be well served by having all of the debates go forward as scheduled.”
I guess the Commission on Presidential Debates told McCain Thanks, but No Thanks.
EXTRA, EXTRA: This just in. I regret to inform you that I will suspend my blog to deal with my own economic crisis. (What’s that, we have overdraft protection? Huh, it’s like a form of oversight for my banking account so if I spend more than I have in the account there’s previsions in place. Really! Cool.) Well I guess I’ll keep on campaigning for Obama then.
CNN – 09/24/08 @ 6:24 PM CST “Presidential Debate Commission still sticking with original plan”