Thursday, September 25, 2008

McCain quiet on debate despite bailout plan

McCain quiet on debate despite bailout plan
Candidate doesn't announce change of mind despite agreement in principle
Associated Press - September 25, 2008

WASHINGTON - John McCain’s campaign welcomed news of an agreement in principle on Thursday between congressional Republicans and Democrats on a bailout of the financial industry.

But the Republican wasn’t yet ready to say he would attend the presidential candidates’ first scheduled debate on Friday.

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said: "There’s no deal until there’s a deal."

He said McCain was 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.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, whose state is hosting the debate between McCain and Barack Obama, set for Friday, said planners were moving forward with the first televised match. "This is going to be a great debate," Barbour said.

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