Barack Obama disagrees with John McCain and says "it's more important than ever" to hold the first presidential debate Friday, CNN reports. Obama spoke soon after McCain called for a postponement, announcing that he was suspending his campaign to return to Washington and work on the financial bailout. So is the debate on or off? Stay tuned, but Obama says he will continue to prepare for it.
Now "is exactly the time when the American people need to hear" from the candidates, said Obama. He said he called McCain this morning to suggest a joint statement on the bailout, and that their staffs were currently working on it. But Obama added that he thought he and McCain should be able to run their campaigns and still remain in touch with congressional negotiations.