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2008-09-26 06:00:24

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. Faculty, students and thousands of visitors -- including scores of newsmen and women -- debated whether John McCain's call for cancellation was a patriotic move or a political stunt. But this seems certain about the three debates that are scheduled -- moderators will be these three old, white, male TV...

2008-09-26 06:00:09

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. At a White House meeting Thursday with congressional leaders of both parties and President Bush, the two senators provided a bipartisan show of support for moving ahead quickly...

2008-09-25 21:00:09

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. Obama rebuffed his GOP rival, saying the next president needs to "deal with more than one thing at once." The White House rivals maneuvered Wednesday to claim the leadership role in resolving the economic turmoil that has overshadowed their campaign. Obama said he...

2008-09-25 12:00:02

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. The outcome of the presidential election may hinge on how the candidates perform in this and the other two presidential debates. McCain announced Wednesday that he plans to suspend all campaigning so that...

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2008-09-25 09:00:00

By Elisabeth Bumiller and Jeff Zeleny The New York Times 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. Barack Obama to return to Washington to help forge an agreement on a proposed $700 billion bailout of financial institutions before Congress. The Obama campaign rejected McCain's call to delay their debate, the first of what are expected to be three decisive...

2008-09-25 00:00:15

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. The non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates said in a statement it was "moving forward" with plans for the first presidential debate to be held at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., The New York Times reported. "The plans for this forum have been under way for more than a year and a half," the commission noted....

2008-09-24 18:00:09

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. U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has proposed a $700 billion bailout that has met resistance in Congress. After meeting with his economic advisers and others to discuss the...

2008-09-24 18:00:02

The U.S. financial crisis makes it imperative for the scheduled presidential debate to go on, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said Wednesday. Obama, in Florida, was responding to Republican John McCain's decision to suspend his campaign and return to the nation's capital to work on financial bailout package. McCain also called on Obama to join him in Washington and delay Friday's debate. A debate is "exactly the time when the American public" needs to know where the next...

2008-09-22 06:00:14

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. The two presidential candidates will meet Friday at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Although the scheduled topic is foreign affairs, the nation's financial mess may also surface. "The Bush administration has only offered a concept with a staggering...

2008-09-21 09:00:13

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. For McCain, they provide an opportunity to reinforce voters' doubts about Obama's experience and readiness, and to demonstrate that he's still on top of his game at age 72. With polls showing the race tight, and the debates...


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