Barbour Expects Debate to Go Forward

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Thursday that he expects the first presidential debate to go ahead, though he says he doesn't have any inside information.

Barbour spoke to reporters at a morning news conference on the campus of the University of Mississippi, site of the debate.

Republican John McCain had suggested Wednesday that the debate be postponed as Congress and the White House try to forge a bailout to the nation's financial meltdown.

Later Thursday, McCain's campaign said it welcomed news of an agreement in principle between congressional Republicans and Democrats on a bailout of the financial industry.

But McCain was not yet ready to say definitely he would attend the Oxford debate. McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said: "There's no deal until there's a deal."

Rogers said McCain is optimistic an agreement between Congress and the Bush administration would be completed but that the afternoon developments had not changed his plans not to debate.


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