Obama inclined to move ahead with debate Barack Obama wants to go on with Friday's scheduled presidential debate, despite John McCain's call for it to be postponed. Obama says it's "more important than ever" that he and McCain describe themselves to the American people.
McCain is suspending his campaign and wants Obama to do the same in order to work together to deal with the nation's financial problems. The move is an effort by the Republican to claim leadership on an issue that has been troublesome for his campaign.
Obama is moving ahead of McCain in the polls.
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid says the debate should go on because of the need for "leadership, not a campaign photo op."
The University of Mississippi is slated to host the debate. The school says it's going forward with its plans and expects it to take place.
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