First Debate Stuck in Limbo

'Showdown' could switch to town hall meet if only Obama turns up today
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2008 2:01 AM CDT
Works continuesyesterday in preparation for today's scheduled presidential debate.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – What if they held a presidential debate and only one candidate came? The scenario is looking like a real possibility as the federal bailout deal stalls, the Wall Street Journal reports. John McCain has said he will fly to Mississippi for the debate only if an agreement is reached in Washington this morning, while Barack Obama has made it plain he will show up regardless of the status of the rescue package.

"The American people deserve to hear directly from myself and Sen. McCain about how we intend to lead our country," Obama said. The debate organizers are continuing to prepare for the faceoff. Obama has raised the possibility that his appearance could develop into a town-hall style meeting if McCain is a no-show.