In an immediate acknowledgment of the general election, John McCain challenged Barack Obama to participate in at least 10 “town hall” style events around the country until the Democratic convention.
Story from Yahoo News:
BATON ROUGE, La. – John McCain is challenging Barack Obama to join him in 10 town hall meetings with voters between now and the Democratic National Convention in August.
McCain, the Republican nominee-in-waiting, sent his Democratic rival a letter Wednesday outlining the offer. He suggested the first town hall be held June 12 in New York.
He said President Kennedy had made such an agreement with former Senator Barry Goldwater for the 1964 election before Kennedy’s assassination.
“I don’t think we need any big media-run production, no process question from reporters, no spin rooms,” McCain said. “Just two Americans running for office in the greatest nation on earth, responding to the questions of the people whose trust we must earn.”
Video of McCain making the challenge:
Obama’s campaign responded positively:
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe responded that he finds the idea of joint town halls â€œappealing and one that would allow a great conversation to take place about the need to change the direction of this country.â€
However, Plouffe said the Obama camp would â€œrecommend a format that is less structured and lengthier than the McCain campaign suggests, one that more closely resembles the historic debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas.â€
From a reader, here’s a link to McCain’s actual letter as a PDF: Town Hall Letter
I would love to see these debates, I think it would be fantastic. Maybe not 10 events, but several of them would be fascinating to watch.
Here’s to hoping Obama agrees to work out some agreement on this and we see some town hall debates between the two.