University of Mississippi moving forward with debate preps

OXFORD, MS (WMC-TV) - Just a little more than 24 hours before Friday's presidential debate, everyone on the University of Mississippi campus was moving forward as if it would go on as scheduled. But as of Thursday, there were more questions than answers.

There's an old saying on the campus of Ole Miss that starts with, 'Are you ready?'

The student cheer has taken on a whole new meaning this week at Ole MIss, as students remain optimistic that one of the most historic events ever on their campus will take place. 
"That it will happen tomorrow. That we're planning on it happening tomorrow," student intern Anna Steely said.

Thursday morning, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour held a press conference on campus, but offered little insight into the presidential candidates' plans.

"I expect that debate to happen tomorrow night between the two candidates for president.  I don't have any information that y'all don't have," Barbour said. "We're here to do the work regardless, so we're excited. We're ready for it to happen."

Ready was all the could be, be since a possible debate delay was out of their control and the to do list was long.

After all the time, money, and pride invested in hosting the first presidential debate of 2008, a no show would be not only be disappointing, but perhaps rude.

"You know this is the hospitality state and if you make an RSVP to be here you better be here," student intern Ryan Viner said.

And like most voters, Ole Miss students Thursday hoped the candidates would make good on their promise.

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