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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