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Media to McCain: Are you going to debate?

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John McCain brought up the debates too in his speech, reminding people why he is in postponement mode.

"I cannot carry on a campaign as though this dangerous situation had not occurred, or as though a solution were at hand, which it clearly is not," McCain said. "As of this morning I suspended my political campaign. With so much on the line, for America and the world, the debate that matters most right now is taking place in the United States Capitol -- and I intend to join it. Senator Obama is doing the same. America should be proud of the bipartisanship we are seeing."

Debate is likely

Although a one-person presidential debate on Friday would be historic and a great skit on Saturday Night Live, many people just don't see it happening.

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour today was carrying on like there aren't any changes.

“This is going to be a great debate tomorrow night and we’re excited about it,” Barbour said at a press conference today.

At a "Monitor Breakfast" sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor on Thursday, Obama campaign strategist Robert Gibbs predicted John McCain will show up for the debate.

“I think he will be there,” Gibbs said. “I think he will decide that a president is capable of doing more than one thing at a time.”

"[Obama's] practicing his part in this, so we’re prepared to take questions from Jim Lehrer with or without John McCain,” Gibbs continued.


Some strategists don't see it happening without McCain there. In an email to The Vote, GOP strategist Rob Stutzman thinks - deal or no deal - McCain's going to be there.

"Debates should favor McCain, I bet he shows up," Stutzman said. "He needs the value of the side-by-side match-up, and now that there’s an apparent deal on the bailout, I think he’ll be in Oxford tomorrow night. The hullabaloo increases viewership 15 percent. Net win for McCain. Plus they need to do something to bury the Palin CBS interview!"

Yeah, that is something else for the McCain camp to consider.

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