Republican John McCain says he's directing his
staff to work with Barack Obama's campaign and the debate
commission to delay Friday's debate because of the economic crisis.
In a statement, McCain says he will stop campaigning after
addressing former President Bill Clinton's Global Initiative
session on Thursday and return to Washington to focus on the
nation's financial problems.
McCain also said he wants President Bush to convene a leadership
meeting in Washington. Both he and Obama would attend the session.
Barack Obama says that amid financial crisis, it's more important than ever to have debate.
The University of Mississippi released this statement on Friday's debate;
The University of Mississippi is going forward with the preparation for the debate. We are ready to host the debate, and we expect the debate to occur as planned.
At present, the University has received no notification of any change in the timing or venue of the debate.
We have been notified by the Commission on Presidential Debates that we are proceeding as scheduled.
We will keep you posted as information becomes available.