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By Al Neuharth OXFORD, Miss. -- The first presidential debate may or may not go exactly as planned here tonight at Ole Miss. This red, white and blue decorated campus was abuzz Thursday.
By Kathy Kiely and David Jackson WASHINGTON -- Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama took a detour off the campaign trail to visit the house both hope to occupy next year, wading into contentious talks over the government's proposed bailout of Wall Street and leaving their first debate up in the air.
By Beth Fouhy NEW YORK - The economic crisis and raw politics threatened to derail the first presidential debate as John McCain challenged Barack Obama to delay Friday's forum and unite to help Washington fix the financial mess.
If the votes of Barack Obama and John McCain are the tipping point in the passage of a Senate bailout bill for Wall Street, that would justify delaying Friday night's scheduled debate between the two presidential candidates. But the importance of that debate should not be discounted.
Declaring that it was time to "set politics aside," Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that he would temporarily stop campaigning and seek to delay Friday's debate with Sen.
The panel arranging the U.S. presidential debates said Wednesday night John McCain and Barack Obama should go at it Friday despite the financial market crisis.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain said he would suspend his campaign temporarily to return to Washington to deal with the financial crisis. McCain told reporters in New York he would return to the nation's capital on Friday to try to fashion a response to the crisis in the U.S. markets.
The U.S. financial crisis makes it imperative for the scheduled presidential debate to go on, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said Wednesday.
By David Jackson and Jill Lawrence Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are trying to influence the course of the Bush administration's Wall Street bailout plan as they prepare for the first of their debates this week.
WASHINGTON - For Democrat Barack Obama, the three presidential debates that begin Friday are a chance to halt John McCain's momentum, re-establish his image as a refreshing political force and make his case against a third straight Republican presidential term.