Obama says presidential debate should go ahead as planned

UNDATED (WVLT) -- CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Democrat Barack Obama says that amid the current financial crisis, it's more important than ever for he and John McCain to sit down and hold a presidential debate.

Republican McCain proposed earlier Wednesday that Friday's debate be postponed while the two candidates work to deal with the nation's financial troubles. Obama said he and McCain are working on a joint statement setting out their ideas on how to solve the financial crisis. But Obama also said he believes it's important to go ahead and have the debate.

Obama said, "It's my belief that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who, in approximately 40 days, will be responsible for dealing with this mess."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Barack Obama's campaign says he is inclined to go ahead with Friday's presidential debate, even though rival John McCain is calling for a delay.

McCain said Wednesday that he wants to stop all campaigning tomorrow and postpone the debate so they can work together on the financial crisis. But Obama campaign officials say the senator is inclined to move ahead.

McCain said the Bush administration's plan seemed headed for defeat and a bipartisan solution was urgently needed.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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NEW YORK (AP) -- John McCain says he wants to delay Friday's foreign policy debate with Barack Obama and temporarily put aside their presidential campaign to focus on solving the nation's financial problems.

The Republican candidate says he wants President Bush to convene a leadership meeting in Washington that would include him and Obama. Saying it's "become clear that no consensus has developed" to support the administration's 700 billion-dollar rescue package, McCain says partisanship needs to be put aside to resolve the crisis.

McCain says time is "running out," and that if Congress and the administration fail to act, "every corner of the country" will be affected.

The Obama campaign did not immediately say whether he supports a delay of the debate or would also stop campaigning. It did say that Obama and McCain had two private phone conversations about the matter today. It says Obama made the first call to propose a joint a statement in support of a rescue package.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Sarah Location: Oak RIdge on Oct 8, 2008 at 05:27 PM
    McCain is deperate.
  • by Jo Location: Morristown on Sep 26, 2008 at 07:56 PM
    A vote for Obama is a vote for Osama.
  • by John Location: Virginia on Sep 26, 2008 at 10:40 AM
    Democrats, Republicans. The current economic situation is not their fault. The economic problem is to be blamed on the economic world. On you and me for getting loans and spending money we do not have. As a result the gov is NOW getting involved with the business sector, so much so that we could be considered a socialist economy, not a capitalist one. The Federal Gov.'s job is to protect the nation. Now because of our lack of responsibility the Fed has to bail us out. Yes, I think Mccain is doing the right thing, he is, after all, still a Senator. As is Obama. Mccain is doing his job and not just looking the other way. Actions say more about a man than his words do.
  • by RON Location: Oak Ridge on Sep 25, 2008 at 08:38 PM
    Obama is the biggest joke to come along in some time and those people that believe he is capable of leading this country is just as much of a joke. Check out his congressional voting record. He has failed to commit to that responsibility.
  • by Phillip Location: Knoxville on Sep 25, 2008 at 04:19 PM
    McCain is doing the right thing. He is serious about addressing this without the distraction of a campaign. Obama is only interested in making "appearances" so he can continue the deception of the American people with his "eloquent" speaking. The proof is in actions, not words Obama!!!
  • by Liz Location: Knox on Sep 24, 2008 at 10:48 PM
    John McCain is doing the right thing,he is showing he cares more about this country than about politics.Obama cares about himself,nothing more.GOD help us if Obama gets elected-we need John McCains experience and integrity.
  • by Bobby Location: Knoxville on Sep 24, 2008 at 08:58 PM
    Why should we the hard working americans pay for greedy people, making bad misstakes, the gov. isnot going to bail out us if we do things we know that we shouldn't do. We have footed the bill for to many things.
  • by Billie Location: Knoxville on Sep 24, 2008 at 05:41 PM
    The debate should go on. Mccain being there in Washington Isnt going to help with this mess the republicans have put us in
  • by Dena Location: East TN on Sep 24, 2008 at 05:36 PM
    This is just a ploy because McCain isnt ready for a debate with Obama. The economy is falling about and it is George Bush's fault. McCain is Bush's YES man. McCain knows that Obama will rip him a new one. Like Obama said, if they are needed and called to DC then they can go. Let the debates begin!!
  • by Derek Location: clinton tn on Sep 24, 2008 at 05:34 PM
    i think they should take care of the the economic problems first because that is the issue now and if put off will only get worse and a true leader knows this
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