Ole Miss Continues Debate Preparations

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The University of Mississippi is still preparing for Friday night's presidential debate, even after Republican John McCain said Wednesday that he wants to delay it to focus on resolving the nation's financial problems.

Democrat Barack Obama says that, given the economic situation, it's more important than ever for voters to hear from the presidential candidates.

Ole Miss has spent more than $4.5 million to prepare for the debate. Streets are blocked, and campus security is tight.

The university has been holding seminars, voter registration drives and other events leading into what's supposed to be McCain and Obama's first debate since they were nominated at their parties' national conventions last month.

Late Wednesday evening, President Bush addressed the nation about the economic crisis, why and how it happened, and why he believes immediate action is necessary. Bush has scheduled a Thursday meeting at the White House with congressional leaders, and invited McCain and Obama to be a part of it.


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  • by Ed Location: Nerwon on Sep 25, 2008 at 06:40 PM
    This is funny. McCains party needs him there to help solve the crisis. Obamas party doesn't need his help or advise. For $170,000.00 a year Obama stays home, does not do the job he's being paid for and is not needed by his party. Dems. want the taxpayers to bail out Obamas buddies, Reps. want the guilty parties to pay. How can you not agree with the Republicans on "this" issue.
  • by Maurice L Location: Meridian on Sep 25, 2008 at 06:10 PM
    If a baseball or football game is lost the blame goes to the pitcher/quarterback, regardless how bad the rest of the players were. Before you vote for either candidate you look at what the President did the first four years with the congress and senate he had, verses the second four years and the changes that took place in the congress and senate. Take a very close look at who really runs the country.
  • by Terry Location: Meridian on Sep 25, 2008 at 05:43 PM
    Yes, vote for Obama, the second largest receipient of money from Fannie May. Yes , vote for Obama, from the Democratic party that led the way in forming these financial instutions that have given your money away. You want change? Vote for Obama and that's all you will have left in your pocket. Faye.. the F should be a BIG F not a baby f...first grade spelling. Also, my vote counts just as much as yours and I intend to vote for the working candidate, not the grandstander with hollow words.
  • by Gary Location: Mississippi on Sep 25, 2008 at 10:54 AM
    With these type of decision making,McCain has helped me with my Vote.I do not want another President who goes behind close doors and make his own decision without feed back from others.I hate it for school and the city who has put alot into this debate.Did the school receive an apology from Mccain for their sacrifice?They have spent 4.5 million already!For Mississippi this was not easily done and we will not forget.I hope McCain realize How many students like myself could have used that money toward our education.The more I think about it, the more I am disappointed not to see,or hear who has the best ideas to handle this crisis.Why would Bush invite McCain and Obama to the White House knowing they were preparing for a debate?It seem to be a politic move,and now Bush wants to blame it on the past.No! Mr.President you have been in office for 8 years and no progress has been made and your plans for the future is not what Mississippians want.Enough is Enough!Its Time For A Change,OBAMA!
  • by MW Location: Neshoba on Sep 25, 2008 at 08:49 AM
    This economic situation did not occur over night, so how can they fix it in one day? Oh Yea, vote to approve to spend billions of the tax payers dollars to bail out the fat cats who get million $ bonuses. I have a business. When I have a slow month, will someone send me a bail out check. Both candidates should live up to their commitments. They do have jet service at their disposal. Would they cancel if it was any other state?
  • by faye Location: meridian on Sep 25, 2008 at 08:13 AM
    To Terry if the only deciding factor for your vote is who shows up for the debate then your vote is surely not a great loss. Give it to the"woeking candidate" what ever that means, and the rest of us will give ours to the "WORKING CANDIDATE".
  • by Terry Location: Meridian on Sep 25, 2008 at 04:22 AM
    I am on the fence still about my vote but, if Obama shows up for this debate while McCain goes to Washingston to help fix the problem. My vote will go to the woeking candidate (McCain) and not the grandstanding candidate (Obama)
  • by Anonymous on Sep 24, 2008 at 04:29 PM
    Outside of Oxford, John Q Public is more concern with the financial problems and not a debate.
  • by OPEN REAL DEBATES Location: St. Louis area on Sep 24, 2008 at 02:29 PM
    Will you accept the scripted Presidential 'debate' again? Brought to you by your 'good friends' at Wall Street. No Paul or Nader Main Street USA, nor Cynthia McKinney.
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