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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