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Daily round-up: So, is there a debate?

Sen. John McCain wants to postpone Friday's presidential debate.
Sen. John McCain wants to postpone Friday's presidential debate.

John McCain and Barack Obama are meeting today with the president (NPR), who told the nation "our entire economy is in danger," (NPR) to address the mess on Wall Street. But will the candidates meet again tomorrow for a presidential debate?

McCain stunned political observers, including those of us in the WBUR Newsroom, when he announced Wednesday a suspension of campaign activities (NPR) to focus on the economic crisis. McCain asked his Obama to agree to postpone Friday's debate. WBUR's political analysts say McCain is making a big political gamble, just as he did in selecting Sarah Palin as a running mate. Slate's John Dickerson says it's "McCain's latest crazy, brilliant, desperate campaign tactic."

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Obama, meanwhile, says he wants to debate now (AP):

This is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who, in approximately in 40 days, will be responsible for dealing with this mess. I think that it is going to be part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once.

Despite the disagreement, debate preparations continue (Washington Post) at the University of Mississippi, where the event remains on the schedule. If Obama shows up and the cameras are rolling, what happens if McCain is a no-show? Even Republican strategist Karl Rove, in today's Wall Street Journal, says the first debate could be decisive for the election. And the Christian Science Monitor has proposed 15 questions for the first debate.

This program aired on September 25, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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