Debate Commission: “We’ll Know By Noon”

By Nitya

Sep 26, 2008 11:23am

ABC News’ Nitya Venkataraman Reports: Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chair of the Commission on presidential debates, says he will know by noon if tonight’s presidential debate will go as scheduled.

In a Newsweek exclusive, Fahrenkopf says the"the final sweep is made by the Secret Service at 5pm so we surely have to know before then" but that the candidates often tour the debate hall earlier in the day to "see what it’s going to look like so they’re not coming in cold turkey."

"I would expect we should know by noon," Fahrenkopf told Newsweek’s Tam Cam.

In the event Sen. John McCain doesn’t attend the first presidential debate planned for tonight, Fahrenkopf says under IRS and FEC law "there will be no debate that takes place" because the stage time organized by the debate commission would be considered "an illegal contribution to the Obama campaign", though Obama would be free to make a speech.

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