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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain addressed a crowd in Baton Rouge, La., where he challenged democrat Barack Obama to a series of town hall events leading up to this summer's conventions. (Video by the Associated Press.)

Updated 1:51 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
BATON ROUGE -- Republican Sen. John McCain challenged his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, to a series of 10 joint town hall meetings, starting next week in New York City, and said the American people deserve "a new tenor" in its presidential campaigns.

Less than a day after Obama clinched the Democratic nomination, McCain delivered a letter to his campaign, formally proposing what he had raised last month. In the letter, he proposed that the two men fly to the first town hall meeting in the same plane as symbol that they are "embracing the politics of civility."

"What a welcome change it would be were presidential candidates in our time to treat each other and the people they seek to lead with respect and courtesy as they discussed the great issues of the day, without the empty soundbites and media-filtered exchanges that dominate our elections," he wrote.

McCain unveiled the proposal at his own town hall meeting here in Baton Rouge, where he discussed energy policy and the Iraq war, answering questions from a mostly friendly audience.

He said he envisions a series of town halls based on an agreement that Barry Goldwater and John F. Kennedy had to hold similar forums before Kennedy was assassinated.

"No process questions from reporters, no spin room," McCain said.

"We're the world leader. And leaders don't hide form history. They make history. If we're going to lead, we have to begin by reforming the tenor of political discussion in our campaigns."

McCain said the details of the joint town halls could be worked out by the two campaigns. But he said the first should take place in at New York's Federal Hall. He said he will be there on June 12th, waiting for Obama.

In the past, Obama has said it was a "great idea." Today, his campaign manager David Plouffe reiterated the campaign's support for such debates in theory.

"As Barack Obama has said before, the idea of joint town halls is appealing and one that would allow a great conversation to take place about the need to change the direction of this country," said Plouffe in a statement. "We would recommend 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. But, having just secured our party's nomination, this is one of the many items we will be addressing in the coming days and look forward to discussing it with the McCain campaign."

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 4, 2008; 12:35 PM ET
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It was interesting Mccains take on all of those orphans that here in the US we make so difficult to adopt. He conveniently did not mention that the reason those folks like him go to other countries is because that is where you can get small white babies. Hard to find here. He is such a hypocrite

Posted by: Lilaclily | August 16, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry dems, McCain will send Obama back to al-queda for you - when he's done with him.

Posted by: Red-blooded American | June 19, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn´t a boxing match between McCain and Obama be a great way to select the next president? This would be a lot more entertaining than the 4 plus months of mudslinging that we now face before the November elections.

Play the ring-fight on http://obama.play.de/us

This is really cool!

Posted by: Steven | June 19, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a bumper sticker politician. He'll repeat whatever one-liner sounds good. He knows he'll flail unstructured town hall meetings because he needs everything scripted.

As for the "McSame" analogy, Obama would be 4 more years of Bush. 4 more years of another floundering idiot.

McCain is the best choice now.

Posted by: should_have_been_hillary | June 15, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

First Obama eliminated his political competitors in Chicago, depriving the voters the right to choose their candidate ... then, after 20 years in an anti-American racist church, he tried to force Hillary into dropping out, even though she was ahead in the popular vote ... now, he is trying to high jack the Presidency, by keeping the voters from finding out what he really knows and believes, by avoiding town hall debates with Senator McCain. LIke his supporters, Obama has no substance. Wake up America ... McCain for President in '08

Posted by: Lee | June 14, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Oh, God! Just heard on the new, McSame is giving ANOTHER town hall meeting right now. He must believe any and all press releases that SOME said his first town hall meeting went off well. This tells me he is NOT listening to his advisers and his ego is more in play than not. Less than 24 hours and he is doing another town hall meeting. What McSame doesn't realize is that Obama is letting him just take the moment to step in it big time and then he will have further amuminaton. Considering, McSame is a military guy you would have thought he realized to pace himself in all this and timing is everything. Guess, McSame, never read the 'Art of War'.

Posted by: Wiserone | June 13, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Oh, God! Just heard on the new, McSame is giving ANOTHER town hall meeting right now. He must believe any and all press releases that SOME said his first town hall meeting went off well. This tells me he is NOT listening to his advisers and his ego is more in play than not. Less than 24 hours and he is doing another town hall meeting. What McSame doesn't realize is that Obama is letting him just take the moment to step in it big time and then he will have further amuminaton. Considering, McSame is a military guy you would have thought he realized to pace himself in all this and time is everything. Guess, McSame, neve read the 'Art of War'.

Posted by: Wiserone | June 13, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I also think McSame's people didn't suggest this. I would think it was mostly "his" idea and no one could tell him differently.

Posted by: Wiserone | June 13, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I call it too as a loss for McSame, and then watch how 'all of a sudden' McSame's schedule can't accommodate any more of these town hall meetings. McSame just thinks he'll be able to control the format. He is that clueless? Yeah, he is. You know perception in these type of situations is everything. So, 'why' would McSame want to be on a stage with someone who not only will be disagreeing with what he proposes, but also Obama will tower over him. McSame is only about 5'8" tall and Obama is at least 6'2". What's McSame gonna do, get in Obama's chest. I can just see that military, 'in your face' demeanor coming out of McSame. He wants town hall meetings because the format will NOT be an actually debate between the two, but more of McSame prinning. The questions should be submitted beforehand and then drawn randomly for either candidate to be a fair discourse.

Posted by: Wiserone | June 13, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Well, no surprise that McSame's audience consisted of Repub's and Independents, only. Those were the invitations extended. McSame is just trying to bully the agenda with Obama and he and us are not falling for that anymore, not after 8 years with McBush. What's McSame gonna do when Obama brings his posse too at one of these town hall meetings? What's he gonna do when he get's a question he just doesn't like? Double-talk and more double-talk and that creepy, condensending smirk of his. I'm hoping there will be a moderator AND the folks are picked randomly and/or their questions to a true test to this whole process. I guarantee you, McSame will try an monopolize the discoure and it will be hoot to actually 'see' that famous temper of his. Oh, it will happen. Typical of a military dependent.

Posted by: Wiserone | June 13, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who says, "End of Debate" is afraid of debate.

Obama is gutless just like Carter was afraid to debate Reagan.

Posted by: Dan | June 10, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain will be trounced by Obama in this forum. I almost can't believe his people suggested this. I think the suggestions that McCain is doing this for the free exposure is correct...I'm just not so sure this is going to wind up the type of exposure they hoped for. Many believe Obama can't communicate off-script. They obviously haven't seen him in such a forum. He might even be better in a candid format. I'm calling it now. This will go down as a mistake by the McCain campaign.

Posted by: fortheclueless | June 8, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

You people act as if the two parties are different. Don't excuse Barack for anything. He's different in that he has the audacity to make believe that he is different. Calling McCain another Bush shows that Obama has learned a lot from GW - keep repeating lies and eventually they will stick. GW held the US hostage by calling the Democrat Party weak on defense. GW called on the Democrat Party to impeach him if he was guilty of the things they said he was. Don't let Barack get away with the same tactics. How is McCain like Bush? McCain believes in the Powell Doctrine. We are the world's only superpower; we cannot abandon the Middle East. GW is an idiot. There will never be another GW. Obama scares me - Obama could become another GW. McCain is too independent a thinker.

Posted by: David | June 5, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

mccain should hold on to his hat- because once indepemdent voters see that is is an uber hawk, who has long been out of touch, who has lobbyist grafted to his soul and, is woefully incomplete in so many area's that W bested him, watch out this could be a laugher.

Posted by: jacade | June 5, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Barrack Obama is A TROJAN HORSE! He claims to be a friend of America yet he's actually quite the opposite. Does anyone understand what he really is!?!? He Hates America more than Hitler Hated the Jews. His hate is unforgiving and everlasting! He is ACTING! Simply ACTING! Think about his church! He was there for over 20 Years, that's 20 years multiplied by 52 Sundays, which equals 1,040 Anti-American Sermons! He then, finally, signs an "official resignation" and we're all supposed think everything's alright?!? The KKK should have Sunday Church and we can all attend for 1,040 Sundays then just "resign", I'm sure noone would ever think we still shared the KKK's views... WAKE UP!!!!!! "IF" America has a 2nd Civil War it will be called "The War of the Free" I am ashamed of our country, just ashamed... We have become the United States of Retardica! If "we" fall the world will... We are a Benevolent Country, GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Posted by: No One | June 5, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Obama is full of empty rhetoric.

Posted by: waterbear | June 5, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

Obama is an empty suit.

Posted by: waterbear | June 5, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

Obama was propped up mainly by black voters.

Posted by: waterbear | June 5, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

Obama was rejected by the majority of Democratic voters.

Posted by: waterbear | June 5, 2008 3:12 AM | Report abuse

Obama was beat by a woman but got the nomination anyways.

Posted by: waterbear | June 5, 2008 3:11 AM | Report abuse

Obama didn't win any debates.

Posted by: waterbear | June 5, 2008 3:10 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a freshman senator who has never done anything real.

Posted by: waterbear | June 5, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a freshman senator who has never done anything real.
Obama didn't win any debates.
Obama was beat by a woman but got the nomination anyways.
Obama was pushed over the top by radicals in caucus states.
Obama was rejected by the majority of Democratic voters.
Obama was propped up mainly by black voters.
Obama was made by black racist radicals in Chicago.
Obama hasn't paid his dues and has a blank resume.
Obama is full of empty rhetoric.
Obama is an empty suit.

America is ready to elect a black President. Just not one with no experience yet.

Posted by: waterbear | June 5, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

"I predict:"
"McCain will try to use FEAR to get votes."
"Obama will try to use HOPE to get votes"
Posted by: Seer | June 4, 2008 12:52 PM

I predict that Obama will avoid and evade any debates and discussion forums with McCain because he's an empty suit who doesn't know anything. The Dems elevated him because he's black, not because he won any debates.

Posted by: waterbear | June 5, 2008 2:56 AM | Report abuse

McCain thinks that if he can corner Obama into this style of debate, he plays to his own strength and Obama's weakness. Obama doesn't need to debate him nowhere. 8 yrs of republic rule has shown the country where it is now, and where it needs to go. End of debate! End of story!

Posted by: tydicea | June 4, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

This of course means he doesn't want town hall meetings. He desperately needs moderators like Tim Russert.

"Senator McCain: let me first say that I enjoyed the BBQ at your house. Now, if you knew that withdrawing from Iraq would lead to the deaths of 6 million Iraqi civilians and allow Iran to overrun Israel, would you still do it?"

"Thank you Tim, and let me say to people and especially to Israel, NO! I will save you and keep you from bamboo cages."

"Senator Obama: why haven't you invited me over for ribs? Do you not know how to cook? Is your house dirty?"

"Is that your question, tim?"

"No. The same question to you: why do you plan on killing 6 million Iraqi women and children and wiping out Israel?"

"Nice frame job, Tim..."

"This is a perfect example; my opponent will not answer a simple question. He doesn't even have an express. Watch me pound my fist with every word for emphasis: I have a straight talk express!"

"Tim, he forgot to pound his fist."

"I DID TOO, YOU NIG.. LING LIAR!"

"Mr. Obama, John said that he did pound his fist."

"Tim, you clearly saw that he did not pound his fist. He said he would, but he didn't. Watch: this is how you pound your fist."

"Tim, that was a disgusting display of anger - pounding on the furniture like some kind of monkey. It's a good thing you didn't give him a stick before this event."

"Is that true, Mr. Obama? If you had a stick, would you hit the two white men on this stage, or would you run into the audience and him them?"

Posted by: KAckermann | June 4, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait until McBush is entangled in a sparring of wit against Barack at a town hall meeting. McBush is void of the ammunition of wit and will be reduced to uncomprhensible double-talk.

What an event it will be!!

Posted by: Bob in Kansas City | June 4, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Poor McSame...needs free TV time desperately. Hey, all you male posters lining up to give McCain a lap dance - why don't you go send him some money? Maybe help him buy a better slogan. What is it again? "Change the leader?...leading the change?...I'll take on Al Quaeda with my bare fists?"

Posted by: swinging Dicks for McCain | June 4, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the EMPTIEST suit the democRATS have ever run. PLUS he's a MARXIST campus commie ( Oh and his sorry Wife outdoes him ) gee that DOES sound like somebody we have put up with for many years, doesn't it...

Posted by: TXSFred | June 4, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Some people apparently don't know what a debate is. There is no possibility of scripting because the point is to analyze and respond to the other's remarks. Debates require sharp listening and reasoning skills, and the ability to think on one's feet.

By contrast, McCain's "Town Hall meetings" feature screened questions and prepared answers.
This is why Obama says 'debate' and McCain says 'Town Hall Meeting'.

Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama will get wiped by McCain.

Obama stinks without a script or haven't you noticed.

Posted by: Truth Seeker | June 4, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Apparently muskrat fails to RTFA, too.

Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Fair enough - lets see what this fraud, er, I mean - Obama, is made of. McCain has challenged him to debate. Lets see if Obama will do it. My guess - if it doesn't involve a prescripted teleprompter, Obama says no.

Posted by: muskrat | June 4, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Popular vote, including caucuses according to RealClear Politics:

Obama:17,869,542 Clinton:17,717,698 Obama +151,844

Caucuses do count because real Democrats voted a preference.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I was just thinking that and then thinking back to the gas tax thing that blew up in his face. Who is coming up with this stuff? He has no idea what will happen in a town hall meeting or how he may come off. It could be the defining moment in his campaign that sinks him. You don't gamble like that. In court you never ask a question you don't know the answer to. This is the same thing. Mccain has no idea what will happen and he throws this out. It may be the kind of thing you do as a last desperate attempt at something if you are losing anyway but not at the beginning. He and Obama have only just began to engage each other. I can only think he has very bad advisors. Probably the same ones who thought up the gas tax holiday.

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Maybe McCain wants free air time by having Town Hall meetings since he has trouble raising money or attracting crowds. These challenges and dares remind me of Hillary's campaign strategy.

Posted by: Connect_the_dots | June 4, 2008 6:47 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

That old saw: "There's no such thing as bad publicity" only applies to movie stars. If McCain thinks that this will work for him, he's toast.

Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McCain wants free air time by having Town Hall meetings since he has trouble raising money or attracting crowds. These challenges and dares remind me of Hillary's campaign strategy.

Posted by: Connect_the_dots | June 4, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing that green background behind McCain last night was supposed to be used for some kind of video overlay that didn't pan out. Boy, it sure made him look terrible, his teeth looked quite yellow. If this is the best he can do, he's in big trouble.

Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Why would any Hillary supporter vote for McLame? That doesn't make any sense.

Hillary voters didn't support her just because she's female. At least I hope not. They supported her because they believe in what she stands for. I've read her platform and agree with a lot of it. After all, she's a Democrat.

For a Hillary supporter to vote for McLame they would have to reject everything they supported Hillary for.

Hillary needs to squash this in the bud and publicly tell her supporters NOT to vote for McLame.

Any Hillary supporter who votes for McLame is INSULTING Hillary by doing so.

I call bullcrap on this at 6:40 pm.

Posted by: Tom3 | June 4, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

You can say the same about Hillary but even more so. When she was approched about running for the senate in NY she didn't want to do it because she would lose and didn't want to go trough it. They felt it would be something historic for a former first lady to run for office even if she lost and she got some support. Well she ran and low and behold Rudy gets cancer and she wins almost by default. Second term through political pressure she wins again running unopposed. Now she makes a run for the presidency and comes within a whisker from being the candidate. She is so unqualified it is remarkable. If not for Rudy cancer she is just another has been from politics whose claim to fame is being in the center of a white house scandal.

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Barak Obama: The first affirmitive action presidential candidate. He clenched the nomination without the popular vote of the Democratic Party and was "helped" by the media to defeat Hillary Clinton. Talk about PC. No resume, no experience, but the right color.

Posted by: Kevin | June 4, 2008 6:16 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm remembering Nixon, his sweaty brow, and his terrible suit. Kennedy understood how TV works and kicked his ass.

Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Be careful about your predictions regarding debates and other types of face-to-face discussions. Remember, the Bush campaign managed to lower expectations sufficiently that everybody thought GWB deserved a standing O every time he completed a grammatically correct sentence!

Posted by: Scott in NC | June 4, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, it's Douglas. I know, I know. I'm sorry.

Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Here is how the Lincoln-Douglass debates went (thanks, Wikipedia):

One candidate spoke for an hour, then the other candidate spoke for an hour and a half, and then the first candidate was allowed a half hour "rejoinder." The candidates alternated speaking first.

Today's audiences would be nodding off, but back then, people were riveted.

I can't imagine McCain being able to speak more than a few sentences at once without drifting off into gibberish. There's no way he's going to go for it.

Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Kevin is a typical racist Repuke jerk.

Senator Obama has plenty of experience.

And he got plenty of votes. Enough to beat Hillary.

Go back to your trailer and screw your sister, you Repuke moron.

Posted by: Tom3 | June 4, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Barak Obama: The first affirmitive action presidential candidate. He clenched the nomination without the popular vote of the Democratic Party and was "helped" by the media to defeat Hillary Clinton. Talk about PC. No resume, no experience, but the right color.

Posted by: Kevin | June 4, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Criminals are criminals and there's no denying that.
Unjust wars are unjust wars and there's no denying that, either. But we need a military and we need to respect those who stick their necks out for the rest of us. And we certainly should not confuse military experience with what it takes to lead our country.

Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Nobama needs to be aware of Fort Marcy Park. McCain needs to change parties as a matter of honesty.

Posted by: Jeff Taylor | June 4, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh good. McCain got to say "Town-Hall" at least 3 times. And even "Federal Hall" once! Therefore he MUST be a true blue American.

C'mon Gertrude, we're gonna go down to the square and see the politician man that looks like Ben Franklin. Don't forget your fascinator!

Posted by: LloydSt | June 4, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"We all have great respect for McCain's military service. Every veteran should be treated with the same respect and honor.
Posted by: Fran Taylor"

So you would treat Lt. Calley with the same respect that you would treat Pat Tillman?

I don't have any respect for soldiers who commit war crimes, give intel to the enemy (which McLame did) or get a dishonorable discharge for whatever crimes they did.

Respect is earned. By individuals.

Putting on a uniform does not grant you any instant respect. You still have to earn it yourself.

Pat Tillman was murdered, btw. He was about to speak out against the war so his buddies shot him in the head at close range. They knew who he was and they shot him anyway. Then the Pentagon covered it up.

I have no respect for the US soldiers who murdered Pat Tillman.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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America, Europe and the World need healing through Harvard Scholar and future thinking Barack Obama.

Barack Obama will unite America, Europe and the World in friendship and cooperation.


America, Europe, Asia and South America are looking forward to cooperating and working with Barack Obama.

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Posted by: McBush Failures | June 4, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The idea of the senecescent senior senator having to debate Obama in front of live audiences is too much. Hope he can keep Iraq adn Iran straight.

Posted by: bob lewis | June 4, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

We all have great respect for McCain's military service. Every veteran should be treated with the same respect and honor.


Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

"Although I am a democrat and support Obama for president, I have great respect for McCain's military service."

You won't, once you find out why his fellow inmates at the Hanoi Hilton nicknamed McLame "Songbird".

I have absolutely NO respect for McLame and that DOES include his military service. He got ahead because his dad was an admiral.

Posted by: Tom3 | June 4, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Insiders say the Obama camp are almost jumping up and down. Mccain may have one of those "Becareful what you wish for" moments. They want to do it but not right away.

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One weakness of Obama's that he's been pegged with is that he's a manufactured candidate. That if a speech isn't scripted for him, he folds and is not a great communicator.He could put this all to rest by accepting McCains challenge but only if it's not true. If he doesn't accept a more impromptu venue at some point, he'll look bad for it. This would be a good opportunity to put these thoughts about him to rest.

Posted by: Kathy | June 4, 2008 5:32 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

lightnin is a typical inbred braindead redneck Repuke moron.

He's whining about some government money going to Wright's church. Big freakin deal. Wright's church does a lot of social programs.

Meanwhile, Chimpy has funnelled BILLIONS of dollars to Religious Reich churches for "faith based" programs.

So, lightnin is saying that it is okay for the reich wingnut churches to get all the taxpayer money they can stuff in their pockets, but Wright can't have any??

IOKIYAR. The old double-standard lives.

Posted by: Tom3 | June 4, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

lightnin, why don't You ask him and get back to us with the answer. In the meantime, let's talk about debates.

Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Although I am a democrat and support Obama for president, I have great respect for McCain's military service.

Posted by: Joseph | June 4, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Heard on the news a couple of days ago that, over the past 15 years, while "Rev." Wright has been spewing his hate-filled, racist, anti-American, anti-white speeches, and Obama has "not-heard" any of that, their "church", which recently gave a Lifetime Achievement award to Louis Farrakhan, has quietly been the recipient of $15,000,000 of our tax dollars! They are probably still getting it!

How'd they arrange to get that much of our tax money, who set that up, do you think? Separation of church and state? Has that been repealed? Do you think anybody should ask Obama if he had anything to do with getting that "church" this money? If he didn't, who did? Shouldn't we know?

Posted by: lightnin | June 4, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Jack has a great point, but Think Of All The Disenfranchised Voters! Oh No!

Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Hillary thinks she's been invited.

Has anybody told her that she LOST yet?

Hillary seems to be delusional about this.

Posted by: Tom3 | June 4, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what an original idea posted by Newt a year ago.....

Posted by: Chris C in Phx | June 4, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Please don't feed the trolls.

Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't do it until after the Republican convention for sure. We wouldn't want the party to see the dying elephant in the room before he's the official nominee. They may realize he's way beyond his time and can't compete with Obama and make a principaled move get someone else as a standard bearer. Oh that's right they have no principals, standards and no-one else anyway. Sorry for taking up space on the blog.

Posted by: Jack | June 4, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Those 'popular vote" numbers are meaningless in primaries.

They don't count.

Delegates and superdelegates are the only things that count in primaries.

You Hillbots are idiots. No wonder you're too stupid to realize Hillary mathematically lost months ago.

Obama isn't going to pick Hillary for VP either. She's been too divisive.

And as Jimmy Carter noted, Hillary has a negative rating of 50%. That's a vote killer.

Chimpy's negative rating is over 70% now.

Posted by: Tom3 | June 4, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Kathy, if you RTFA you will see that Obama has already challenged McCain to "a format that is less structured and lengthier than the McCain campaign suggests".

Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Both on the same plane? I can just imagine the Secret Service loving that one.

Posted by: egc52556 | June 4, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Bring it on, Mister Magoo!!

Obama will kick your ass from town to town, from coast to coast.

McLame, you are TOAST. You have NO chance to win. You're 4 more years of Chimpy.

Posted by: Tom3 | June 4, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

One weakness of Obama's that he's been pegged with is that he's a manufactured candidate. That if a speech isn't scripted for him, he folds and is not a great communicator.He could put this all to rest by accepting McCains challenge but only if it's not true. If he doesn't accept a more impromptu venue at some point, he'll look bad for it. This would be a good opportunity to put these thoughts about him to rest.

Posted by: Kathy | June 4, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Who's this Hillary person? She's not invited.

Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama should not even answer McCain request for the town hall meeting. McCain is too old to be amongst large crowds like the ones Obama gets. Obama should go to his own meetings and not do what McCain asks him to do. McCain wants Obama to go to Iraq with him and now wants Obama to go to town hall meetings with him. Is McCain afraid to go places by himself. We do not need a scared President.

Posted by: lclon | June 4, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse


I misread your post. Althiugh there are 800,000 votes from overseas not included


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18,000,000 more?

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With SD and MT now counted, Hillary finished this race with 18,000
more votes than Obama - EXCLUDING Michigan. Toss it in, it's a
346,000 lead.

Ladies, if you are ready to demand that Supers honor that - or you
will vote McCain - read and sign at;


http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Nobama

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Posted by: RG | June 4, 2008 5:01 PM

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Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

hey, if McCain wants media exposure, let him pay for it, the old fashioned American way.

Posted by: Patrick | June 4, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

And spent most of those years drunk.

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We are talking about a former president of the Harvard Law Review debating a guy who finished 894th of 899 at the Naval Academy.

Which one is the windshield, and which one is the bug?
Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 5:06 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

18,000,000 more?

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With SD and MT now counted, Hillary finished this race with 18,000
more votes than Obama - EXCLUDING Michigan. Toss it in, it's a
346,000 lead.

Ladies, if you are ready to demand that Supers honor that - or you
will vote McCain - read and sign at;


http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Nobama

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Posted by: RG | June 4, 2008 5:01 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

We are talking about a former president of the Harvard Law Review debating a guy who finished 894th of 899 at the Naval Academy.

Which one is the windshield, and which one is the bug?

Posted by: Fran Taylor | June 4, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

With SD and MT now counted, Hillary finished this race with 18,000
more votes than Obama - EXCLUDING Michigan. Toss it in, it's a
346,000 lead.

Ladies, if you are ready to demand that Supers honor that - or you
will vote McCain - read and sign at;


http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Nobama

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Posted by: RG | June 4, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

There is something else about this - McCain seems to attract the same size of groups as Clinton used to do - small groups, that only show more impressive if you put them in a small room. McCain is just looking to appear before a big crowd, and Obama is the only one of attracting those.

Posted by: Johan | June 4, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Awesome: compare calling Obama "Osama" to calling McCain "McSame" or "McBush".

The former is absolutely loaded because Osama is a terrorist who attacked this nation and a muslim extremist at a time when muslims are largely feared in this country.

The latter is a relatively simple play on words, perhaps childish, that alludes to our current president and McCain's inability to show himself (to some) as being different than him.

And you're suggesting they're the same? Really?

Posted by: Robert C | June 4, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I was watching Charlie Rose the last week and they had a guy on who was an expert on the Middle East. This guy was so interesting and informative I ended up staying awake till 2 in the morning. At the end of the interview Rose asked him what he was doing now? He said he had been working for and an advisor to Obama. Rose said you are kidding and he said he had been worked for Obama for over a year. Obama has been preparing for this for a while and quietly surrounding himself with the best he can find. He is a brilliant man and fast learner. He is exactly what we need as a president right now. Mccain is a total dunce.

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Obama has had numerous military advisors during the entire campaign. One example is General Merrill McPeak, former chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, who is Obama's campaign co-chairman.

To me, the fact that McCain wears his "service" (i.e., bombing Vietnamese civilians) on his sleeve is one reason he should not be president. Another blustering militarist is exactly what I don't want in the White House.

And BTW, Matt Welch is a libertarian, not an "ultra-liberal".

Posted by: Jay | June 4, 2008 4:13 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Our soldiers took that slap in the face when Bush sent them in there for oil and business deals for large corporations. There lives are on his head. First it was WMD's, then it was the terrorists, which were not there, now it's freedom for the Iraqi people. We are 11 trillion in debt, the dollar is worth spit, our economy is in the toilet, and American taxpayers have to pay to rebuild Iraq. Guess what companies make the money on that deal. We go broke so Halliburton & friends can get rich. Why do you think McCain wants to stay in there. Some of you people just don't get it. These people will profit at any cost. Look at the stock market. They come up with a new scam every year, and we wind up paying for it because our government let's them do it. There's no regulation. Wake up already.

Posted by: Mike M | June 4, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"If he were to work with those high ranking officials than he would have a case, but untill then he should keep his mouth shut about IRAQ"

You think he hasn't been speaking to military officials?

The executive decides what needs to be done, the military decides how to do it.

In a democracy anyway.

Posted by: Johnny Canuck | June 4, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

And you men, fawning over Obama. It's disgusting. We let GW get a way with dancing around difficult questions. We let him get a way with pardoning Scooter Libby for outing Valerie Plame. We let him get a way with Gitmo, and rendition, and failing to protect us during 9/11. What will we let Obama get a way with? He's talked a pretty good game. If he becomes President, let's not make excuses for partisanship, let's hold his feet to the fire. Let's make him live up to his promises.

Posted by: David | June 4, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

McSame says "Does America want a president that will talk with Iran and Cuba and North Korea"

I say YES... because what Bush/McCain are doing IS NOT WORKING!

The last 6 Secretary's of State (including Colin Powell) and Defense AND the 9/11 Commission (Jim Baker (R)) Say we must talk with Iran. But I guess Bush/McCain know better ... they always do don't they (like WMDs).

Posted by: Mick | June 4, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I like the idea. Its just to early for Obama to agree to such a format, next week. And McCain is an irritable mean old man with a forced smile on his face. He cant play the role of Mr. Warmth in front of Obama for all the world to see. That will be a losing concept.

Posted by: Lewis | June 4, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

You partisan types are idiots. You talk about these politicians as if you know them personally. We don't know them and they don't know us. Now is one of the very few times that we can ask them tough questions and get them on record, before the money-men and power-brokers encase them in a Washington bubble. Oh, Obama is good. I've interviewed types like him before - promise the world with no experience and can't deliver sh#t when it comes down to work. The way he talks, its as if he actually has experience in reaching bipartisan compromise. For McCain, it'll be difficult to govern with the Bush apologists in the Republican Party.

Posted by: David | June 4, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is an angry man and I don't think America want's an angry man as president. - George Will

Posted by: Franklin | June 4, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama has had numerous military advisors during the entire campaign. One example is General Merrill McPeak, former chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, who is Obama's campaign co-chairman.

To me, the fact that McCain wears his "service" (i.e., bombing Vietnamese civilians) on his sleeve is one reason he should not be president. Another blustering militarist is exactly what I don't want in the White House.

And BTW, Matt Welch is a libertarian, not an "ultra-liberal".

Posted by: Jay | June 4, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

What's this war hero stuff have anything to do with running the country? My grandfather has a purple heart does that mean he should be running for president as well? I acknowledge his service but to use that to make a case for presidency is rediculous.

Posted by: Ryan | June 4, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

After watching last night's appearances of McCain and Obama, the only thing town hall debates can possibly get for McCain is the sympathy vote. John McCain can't hold the stage when he's the only person on it. These debates will be like Obama and a clown; the audience will get to laugh at McCain, and cheer and applaud for Obama.

Posted by: infuse | June 4, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe John McCain. - George Will

Posted by: Toomy | June 4, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

First of all, McCain needs to be spanked in public and told "we will discuss this with the campaigns, and whatever WE come out with will be a joint announcement. At that point the two of us will announce it to the public." He does not control the format, time, place, venue for Obama, he can only control it for himself.

I am sure Obama's campaign intends to show the contrast between the two of them. Whatever townhalls, debates, or whatever they do, should be in the fall after the conventions are over. Under no circumstances should he travel with him, or in any way limit his ability to move around the country for his mega events of 10,000 - 100,000 people. People love these sessions, they are once in a lifetime events and represent their participation in the making of American history. He can fly in for these joint Obama/McCain townhalls, and fly right out to another City for something else.

Posted by: Elsie | June 4, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure crazy uncle Fester would love 10 debates that free money. 3 are enough to get their massage out as if we don't all ready know. Anymore than 3 would as crazy as 20 during the Democratic primary's.

Posted by: Bill | June 4, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

You do relize you just asked: how can Military experience prepare someone to be the leader of the military right? Or do you not understand that Cammander in Chief is? And like i said it's fine if you pledge to work with high ranking official. In that case the whole military question is throw out the window. But you can't lead the military w/o having a sense of whats going on.

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How does Military experience prepare someone to be Commander in Chief? That's like saying that working at a McDonald's prepares you to be CEO. Hogwash!

Posted by: RobertT | June 4, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

If your referring to me i never said he can't run the country w/o military experience. What i said was he should be talking to the high ranking military officials about what to do with the war, instead of making his own decisions when he doesnt understand the consequences. If he were to work with those high ranking officials than he would have a case, but untill then he should keep his mouth shut about IRAQ

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Oh thats a good one. Obama has not served in the military so how can he lead this country. Any moron can pull a trigger. Where do you people come from. Can't you see that the republican scum is trying to run this country into the ground. We are being replaced by Chinese slave labor. They don't get pentions or benefits, they must obey their master. Did you know bush spent all the money in the social security fund. People have paid into that all their lives, and now it's gone. How is our country going to fix this debt when we don't produce anything in this country anymore. Big tax cuts for the rich will keep adding to the debt. Bush and McCain let these big companies poison our land and water for profit. We are on a path to self destruction. This country has produced a bunch of money grabbers that want to fill their pockets at any cost.

Posted by: RobertT | June 4, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Sure McCain wants townhall meetings with Obama, that's the only way McCain can get anyone to show up to see him is if Obama is with him. Look at the arena crowds Sen Obama draws compared with the tiny senior citizen lunchroom groups that go to hear Sen McCain.

Posted by: Scott | June 4, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

How does Military experience prepare someone to be Commander in Chief? That's like saying that working at a McDonald's prepares you to be CEO. Hogwash!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh thats a good one. Obama has not served in the military so how can he lead this country. Any moron can pull a trigger. Where do you people come from. Can't you see that the republican scum is trying to run this country into the ground. We are being replaced by Chinese slave labor. They don't get pentions or benefits, they must obey their master. Did you know bush spent all the money in the social security fund. People have paid into that all their lives, and now it's gone. How is our country going to fix this debt when we don't produce anything in this country anymore. Big tax cuts for the rich will keep adding to the debt. Bush and McCain let these big companies poison our land and water for profit. We are on a path to self destruction. This country has produced a bunch of money grabbers that want to fill their pockets at any cost.

Posted by: Mike M | June 4, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

You mean Matt Welch the ultra liberal? There is a creidble sorce. The media is the one to portray him as a "war hero" (which his is) he simple calls into question others like Obama who do not have experience in the military, on those such issue. I dont believe that the veteran factor really has much to do with it. But if you are going to run for office and you have no experience in combat, you better pledge that you will work with the men in high military standings to create a plan, not just sit back and say you'll remove all the troops from Iraq because we shouldnt have gone in there in the first place. That doesnt matter were in there now and it would be a complete slap in the face to all the soldiers who have fought for us in Iraq as well as the American Tax payers to let the place become over run with terrorist once more.

Also, expressing your pride for your country is not showing off your metals.


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It is also considered disrespectful to flash ones medals or use ones military service for self promotion. He hides behind it or throws it in someone's face every chance he gets if cornered or challenged. It is his claim to fame. He reminds me a someone who picks fights who wares glasses and uses them as a reason to not take a punch.
Read this book
"McCain: The Myth of a Maverick " by Matt Welch
and you will have a different take on the guy.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I've got an even better idea. Why don't they both take PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION to their town hall meetings or debates? That would show much more clearly that they are concerned about the issues and are willing and eager to make changes. Or is reducing greenhouse emissions just something for the "other guys" to do?

Posted by: Mr Green | June 4, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

You saw Bill Clinton on the trail. It would not take much study and preparation to push Mccains buttons. The guy is half nuts as it is, you could make him go completely off the air. He could not help it

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I can't wait to see how these debates turn out.
Lately, I've been seeing a lot of selective memory going on. Obama looked like a fool in every debate against Clinton. All but one debate had moderators lofting him fat easy tomatoes for questions, and he still came up looking confused.
Now, McCain is pretty bad at public speaking. But debating is something different. It takes intelligence and craft.
We may find out which candidate has those traits, and it makes me worry for our future.
Kerry...er, Obama, is going to feel the heat of pressure pretty fast once they begin.
Posted by: Ryan | June 4, 2008 3:44 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

do you think it's possible that this could be a step towards a new type of campaigning? One that has less to do with mudslinging and more to do with people debating ideas? I dont think so but thatwould be great. Im sure its funny to other nations that we call ourselves "United" yet our political parties are so seperate. I think it's time people stop with the need of a title as "president" and worry more about patriotism and making this country better.

Posted by: RobertT | June 4, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

There's a old definition for the height of conceit: a flea floating down-river with an erection yelling "Open the draw bridge!"
That's John McCain challenging Obama to debate.

Posted by: Robin | June 4, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Of Course McCain wants this!

He can't afford to run ads, so he has to beg Obama for free airtime.

Posted by: Jared | June 4, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see how these debates turn out.
Lately, I've been seeing a lot of selective memory going on. Obama looked like a fool in every debate against Clinton. All but one debate had moderators lofting him fat easy tomatoes for questions, and he still came up looking confused.
Now, McCain is pretty bad at public speaking. But debating is something different. It takes intelligence and craft.
We may find out which candidate has those traits, and it makes me worry for our future.
Kerry...er, Obama, is going to feel the heat of pressure pretty fast once they begin.

Posted by: Ryan | June 4, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain can't raise funds in off-camera klatches with George Bush and then ask for a new tenor in public. He can pick one or the other.

Posted by: DFC102 | June 4, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

It is also considered disrespectful to flash ones medals or use ones military service for self promotion. He hides behind it or throws it in someone's face every chance he gets if cornered or challenged. It is his claim to fame. He reminds me a someone who picks fights who wares glasses and uses them as a reason to not take a punch.
Read this book
"McCain: The Myth of a Maverick " by Matt Welch
and you will have a different take on the guy.

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Im sorry Pete im going to have to argue that point. John McCain is a war hero just as any American Soldier who has willingly fought for us. You can try to relate it to other member of the world, but in their supporters eyes they too are heroes, even if there ideas are questionable. Do NOT discredit anyone who serves in the military, because if you have any patriotism whatsoever you know damn well that each soldier who fights for his/her nation IS a hero and deserves great repect. (KEEP IN MIND THIS STATEMENT IS NOT POLITICAL LIKE THE OTHERS, ALL SOLDIERS DESERVE RESPECT)

Posted by: RobertT | June 4, 2008 3:26 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Pete - McCain was offered early release by the Vietnamese, but he refused unless all other American POWs captured before him were also set free. He refused to take advantage of his father's high position (which the Vietnamese knew of). He upheld this code of honor and elected to be held captive longer and be tortured. Pretty heroic in my book. See the film Bridge On the River Kwai where the POW Colonel Nicholson chooses actions that follow a code of honor despite knowing that he risks (and he got) extreme punishment for it. Courage, honor, and duty.

Posted by: Paul | June 4, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Ever since I first heard of this idea that JFK and Goldwater had agreed upon (from watching the HBO documentary "Growing Up Goldwater") I thought, "Wow, now that would have been a great style of campaign"

Insteed, history is left with the "Daisy Ad".

As an Obama supporter, I would strongly encourage him to except McCain's challenge. And turn some heads while doing so.

Plus, them flying in the same jet would reduce the carbon footprint of the campaign.

Posted by: Yonkers Rob | June 4, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

This is the best idea I've heard come out of McBush, must have not been his. I think this will put to rest the notion that he's an empty suit, claimed by the high intellects of HRC backers. I personally think he'll put McBush to shame but then again who knows what the republican slime balls have waiting for him.

Posted by: Ryan | June 4, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Honestly Pete, Shut Up! One combat medal (including the Purple Heart, of course) or a re-up during a time of war - these are the requirements for being a war hero. Do not start denigrating the people who serve this country! John Kerry is a war hero and it was disgraceful that his service was called in to question. John McCain was one of the few republicans who stood up for him, and John McCain absolutely is a war hero.

Posted by: Adam Hammond | June 4, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

He Ralphinphnx, are you in some sort of contest where the idea is to string as many words together as possible. Spewing out non-stop insults does not help your preferred candidate. You are just preaching to the converted; you make these comments and all of the other Neanderthals can nod in vigorous assent, but people with higher than a third grade intellect will be turned off. There is no point in refuting all of your ridiculous point; I doubt you would even listen. But there is one major point you make that really irks me - the allegation that Obama is a service evader (by the way, you didn't mention whether you actually performed military service, Mr. Hero). In case you weren't aware, in the 1970's our military was switched from a citizens' army (with a draft) to a professional army - so only persons actually wanting to join the military would do military service. So neither Obama (nor me, for that matter, as I am one year younger than him) were obliged to perform military service. To join the military has become a career decision, and the US military certainly does not want to invest the money in persons who will only be in the service for a short period of time. So, for all practical purposes, if a person whishes to have pursue some other career than the military, they cannot do military service. This disposes of your suggestion that Obama's failure to perform military service is either an indication of cowardice or bad character.

A far more significant point is that we are a civilian democracy, not a military junta. The military is run by civilian officials, and the government is not run by the military. The President is a civilian official who also has the highest position in the military (this fact is the highest expression of the principle that the military is subject to civilan control). While there is nothing to prevent a person who has been in the military from joining politics (in periods when military service was mandatory for all, most men of that generation were in the military, and many famous military heroes went on to become presidents, such as Washington, Jackson, Grant, T. Roosevelt and Eisenhower), it is certainly not a prerequisite. You, I and all citizens can choose who they feel is best to run our government. If it is important to you that the Presidents should have military experience, then you are welcome to vote that way; it is your right. But don't try to tell the rest of us how to vote.

Posted by: Marecek | June 4, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

America the Beautiful United as One America.
No more divisive Republican media induced failures failures failures
No more black black black black black black black black
No white white white white white white white white white
No male male male male male male male male male male
No female female female female female female female
No Democratic Democratic Democratic Democratic Democratic
No Republican Republican Republican Republican Republican
No more divisive Wall Street Super-capitalistic greedy Media lies
No more Super-capitalistic sending American jobs overseas to sweatshops (Buffett)
We must stop this crappy media induced division

Europe and the World are watching our 2008 Presidential Election to see if we act in dignity and grace or revert back to our penal American colonial cannibalistic Native American murdering roots.

We will unite as ONE United States of America and assume World leadership or come in second to the ever expanding European Union.

Posted by: Republican Failures | June 4, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Thank You for bring sanity into the true meaning of "War Hero" You are absolutely correct in your observation of the term "War Hero".

Unfortunately there are no "educated" requirement to post here so we get all kinds of comments. S

"I have to interject this, because I know that no one ever will:

How does McCain qualify as a "War Hero"? He did not perform any super human acts of superior excellence, go above and beyond the call of duty,or lay down his life to save the innocent. Granted 6 years in the Hanoi Hilton is nothing to be taken lightly, and no one will argue that he has not made great sacrifices for our country. But is he really a war hero? He was tortured, beaten and generally abused to the point that he cracked, this is survival not heroism. But if it is to be considered heroic to be tortured and imprisoned, than by that definition, every combatant held in Gitmo is also a war hero, right? Let's tone down the rhetoric here a bit, he was a solider, he served his duty, he survived one of the most horrific and notorious POW camps in the history of modern warfare, but none of this is glorious or heroic. Really if you take a look at his service record, you might have to say he was pretty average. Or you could go so far as to say that he was a failure, a soldiers job is to remain on the field of combat until told to stand down or they die, which ever comes first. Being taken prisoner is generally considered dishonorable, and talking, even under torture, doubly so. Survival at that point becomes akin to cowardice.

War Hero? Hmmm, maybe not."

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I saw McCain's speech last night....I fell asleep. Yaaaaaaaawn!

I then saw Hillary's speech it was very excellent.

But after Obama's speech...

All I can say is Obama will obliterate McCain!

Posted by: Nickeltoes | June 4, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Im sorry Pete im going to have to argue that point. John McCain is a war hero just as any American Soldier who has willingly fought for us. You can try to relate it to other member of the world, but in their supporters eyes they too are heroes, even if there ideas are questionable. Do NOT discredit anyone who serves in the military, because if you have any patriotism whatsoever you know damn well that each soldier who fights for his/her nation IS a hero and deserves great repect. (KEEP IN MIND THIS STATEMENT IS NOT POLITICAL LIKE THE OTHERS, ALL SOLDIERS DESERVE RESPECT)

Posted by: RobertT | June 4, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I am all for this. Electing a president should not require the public spend millions to elect somebody because they can smear the other better, or they have a better spin machine. Both these men are miles apart on each issue and so speaking side by side they can take each issue and make their case. The American public can witness these debates, come to their own conclusions and vote their conscience. As an example, Barack spoke this morning about what a gave threat Iran really is. I think everything he said about Iran today was true. I think McCain would have totally agreed. What muddies the water is that days before Barack was back to getting out of Iraq immediately even though the past 6 mos. have improved on many fronts substantially. Pulling troops will destabilize that region without a doubt and yet it is true we can't keep that huge number of troops there forever. Just this issue alone should take up one debate session. The more you get these two guys to talk the more we will know about them and their real views.

Posted by: Susan | June 4, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

You're calling Obama a draft dodger? There was no war on when Obama was of draft age. The draft was over. You can't dodge the draft if there is no draft to dodge...

Bring the debates on. The Dark Knight, Obama, took out the Wicked Witch, Hilary, and now, and he can get to work on Mum-Ra McCain...

What war was McCain in again? Didn't he try to help the Greeks conqer Troy or something?
So, will these town hall meetings take place in daylight? Can McCain go out in daylight? Might he burst into flames. Or maybe he has enough tannis root and infant's blood to sustain his human appearance during the debates.

Posted by: Chris | June 4, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I have to interject this, because I know that no one ever will:

How does McCain qualify as a "War Hero"? He did not perform any super human acts of superior excellence, go above and beyond the call of duty,or lay down his life to save the innocent. Granted 6 years in the Hanoi Hilton is nothing to be taken lightly, and no one will argue that he has not made great sacrifices for our country. But is he really a war hero? He was tortured, beaten and generally abused to the point that he cracked, this is survival not heroism. But if it is to be considered heroic to be tortured and imprisoned, than by that definition, every combatant held in Gitmo is also a war hero, right? Let's tone down the rhetoric here a bit, he was a solider, he served his duty, he survived one of the most horrific and notorious POW camps in the history of modern warfare, but none of this is glorious or heroic. Really if you take a look at his service record, you might have to say he was pretty average. Or you could go so far as to say that he was a failure, a soldiers job is to remain on the field of combat until told to stand down or they die, which ever comes first. Being taken prisoner is generally considered dishonorable, and talking, even under torture, doubly so. Survival at that point becomes akin to cowardice.

War Hero? Hmmm, maybe not.

Posted by: Pete | June 4, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Whats next McCain challenging Obama to a restroom vist to see who can "tap" better in a wide stance.

Give me a break. He is looking for a friendly audience that will not be loaded with "Blind Faith Followers" to prove his point that he is a viable contender. Plus his plan to be in a war for next 100 years is not bringing in the cash he needs so switch to Plan B and hope the media bites on it

Nothing but a Mcslide to get some free airtime on Mclame's part

Barack should veto this request

Posted by: Rohit | June 4, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

For McCain's sake, I hope these town hall venues have wheelchair access.

Posted by: Dennis | June 4, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain cannot win? The only chance Obama has possible is if he picks clinton as his VEEP. Otherwise those supporters will likely go with McCain. McCain is a moderate republican, we will win ALL of the republican vote and most of the moderate vote. Obama is to liberal to appeal to educated moderates. Also, Obama will have trouble appealing to the white voters and Catholics (who are often moderate). Democrates made the mistake again of voting for a canidate who does not stand a chance in the General.

Posted by: RobertT | June 4, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

For McCain's sake, I hope these town hall venues have wheelchair access.

Posted by: Dennis | June 4, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

BRING IT ON!

Posted by: Bud | June 4, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Getting Obama to join him in these town hall debates is the only way McBush can draw a crowd to hear any of his speeches.

Posted by: AMurray3 | June 4, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

There is a book coming out in a few months by one of Mccain's fellow p.o.w.'s that may shoot a few holes in this paper solider. He is and has always been a phony trying to build a career out of his being a pow. The timing will be perfect to expose this fake.

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Go Johnny Mack! You bet empty suit military
service evader yellow coward liberal loser
Barack Hussein Obama is totally afraid to
meet Senator and Viet Nam War Vet and Former POW John McCain for debates and town
meetings since even that smirking arrogant
yellow coward Obama knows McCain will tear
him apart and ask Obama why Obama never
served in our US Military so what makes
you Barack Hussein Obama qualified to be
Commander in Chief of our US Military?
And I would hope McCain would ask Obama to
see your medals buster since don't forget
John McCain was shot down by a SAM on a
combat mission during the Viet Nam war and
served our country while all Obama does is
arrogantly smirk and strut around like
George W Bush running his mouth like Bush
and Obama's Draft Dodger relative Cheney!
No Way Obama in 2008! Go Johnny Mack in 08!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | June 4, 2008 3:00 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Democrat Convention? Why I am not surprised that McCain continues to call the Democratic party the Democrat party? McCain is in fact the third term of the Bush presidency.

Posted by: sferris | June 4, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama weak debating skills?
Wow he just knocked out Hillary..
Mr Obama will do just fine against McCaine.

It will be about Intent and Content not spurious debating skills.

Obama-Hillary or whoeverever the VP will be 2009. McCaine cannon win.


ISSA

Posted by: Issa Gallego | June 4, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't confuse debating Clinton with debating McCain. Men tend to defer to women in public settings - they won't harm a woman but they will kick a man's a$$.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Go Johnny Mack! You bet empty suit military
service evader yellow coward liberal loser
Barack Hussein Obama is totally afraid to
meet Senator and Viet Nam War Vet and Former POW John McCain for debates and town
meetings since even that smirking arrogant
yellow coward Obama knows McCain will tear
him apart and ask Obama why Obama never
served in our US Military so what makes
you Barack Hussein Obama qualified to be
Commander in Chief of our US Military?
And I would hope McCain would ask Obama to
see your medals buster since don't forget
John McCain was shot down by a SAM on a
combat mission during the Viet Nam war and
served our country while all Obama does is
arrogantly smirk and strut around like
George W Bush running his mouth like Bush
and Obama's Draft Dodger relative Cheney!
No Way Obama in 2008! Go Johnny Mack in 08!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | June 4, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

It cracks me up when people try to say Obama is going to "rape" him in a town hall type debate. The truth is Obama does not stand a chance. Does anyone happen to remember the final Obama vs. Clinton debate? O no because most of you bloggers only listen to what is presented to you by other biased bloggers. I think its time most of your (voters) learn to listen to what the canidate says and then instead of looking up blogs about it do some actual research. For example Obama's voting record as well as the lack of decent legislation Obama has passed as senator. Latly, to call McCain "McBush" or "McSame" is pathetic and inaccurate, do you all happen to forget the 2000 primary, you know the one that basically forced both men to hate eachother? The only reason McCain appears with Bush is to make the conservatives of our great nation happy (which I personally find as a mistake, being as no real conservative would vote for the most liberal senator in the nation). Obama is a great public speaker (as in rehersed public speaking) but when you put the man in a debate he can seem to hold his opinions together.

Posted by: RobertT | June 4, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

That's a lie.

Kennedy wasn't ahead of anyone by 20 points. He was trailing Goldwater in polls at the time of his death.

Posted by: info | June 4, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Talk about a quick response.. or maybe just coincidence...I emailed Mr. McCain through his website last night to challenge Mr. Obama to debate ASAP.

With Obama's weak debating skills, I can't wait to see War Hero McCain womp all over his arse!

Now we get to see what the Dem candidate is really made of!!

Bring it ON!!

This is better than a tyson fight.. I can't wait!!

Posted by: Burly Guy
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So now stupid posters with masculinity issues are advising McCain? Wow...he must be in trouble.

Posted by: I'm burly guy! Watch me flex my muscles! | June 4, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Here is an idea. take all of the internet morons posting here stick them in a cage and have all of you fight it out.

You are the problem. Both McCain and Obama are trying to move beyond politics but all of you are too dumb to see it.

Posted by: you are what is wrong | June 4, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Right out of the box Mccain is on a campaign of lying. He is using Hillary's play book I guess. Kennedy was never going to do it it was hardly even talked about. In Goldwaters book he says Kennedy was 20 points ahead in the polls and he was pretty sluffed off by Kennedy. So Mccain is just lying. I am going to contact the fact checker and he can call Mccain on it if he likes. Mccain a lier, big surprise and this is just the beginning.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It's not a terrible idea, but I don't think it's in McCain's best interest. How one appears on television matters these days and McCain won't look too good against a younger, more vibrant opponent.

Posted by: Robert | June 4, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I think they should have a couple of Debates but not town hall meetings.......

Town hall meetings are a one-on-one with the people, to hear what they have to say, what they think is important.....

having both candidates at a town hall meeting would be a bickering fest that should be on a cnn or fox debate

This "joint" town hall meeting sounds good at first, but if you try to imagine what it would look like, its a crock, a political stunt, and possibly a cotastrophe

Posted by: Oregon4Obama | June 4, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Dear American Voters,

Hon. Senator McCain and Obama, besides each having many attributes and characteristics. The critical differences in my professional, political, and personal opinion are as under:

1. Presidential "Temperament and Composer".
2. Little Washington "insider Versus outsider" connectedness.
3. Vision and mission for our nation future rather than past.
4. American policies first USA centric than other countries centric.

In my professional opinion one senator has it and the other does not. We need one for our Greatgrand Nation to address our all these challenges with a fresh, clean and new slate.

God Bless America. its diverse people, and our Greatgrand Nation.

Yours truly,

COL. [retd] A.M.Khajawall
Forensic psychiatrist, Las Vegas NV

Posted by: COL.[retd] A.M.Khajawall | June 4, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Talk about a quick response.. or maybe just coincidence...I emailed Mr. McCain through his website last night to challenge Mr. Obama to debate ASAP.

With Obama's weak debating skills, I can't wait to see War Hero McCain womp all over his arse!

Now we get to see what the Dem candidate is really made of!!

Bring it ON!!

This is better than a tyson fight.. I can't wait!!

Posted by: Burly Guy | June 4, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

What's the matter? Obama offers to talk with Hamas but he's afraid to talk to McCain?

It's on like a pile of neck bones now!!

Posted by: veteran-voter | June 4, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Town Meetings my a$$. We want head to head debates with no softball questions, and no pre-screening of questions. Then let's see John McSame perform. Prepare to die republicans!

Posted by: Yuri Lipitzmeov | June 4, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Time for Saint Obama to get his first of many beatdowns. He couldnt hold his own water with Clinton. McCain will smash him.

Posted by: Aus Tex | June 4, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Hasn't America had enough Crazy Old White Menâ„¢ leading it?

Posted by: Jangle | June 4, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

All of these plans and challenges are fine and good but John McCain has a budding image issue that needs care asap before he stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Obama again. Don't underestimate it ...
http://lifeisacookie.wordpress.com/2008/06/04/some-advice-for-john-mccain/

Posted by: The Cookie | June 4, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

McBush is not the leader of the band. Obama better back him off.

Posted by: DenisR | June 4, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

This comment is for Tyrone.
No Tyrone it will be good to see McBush
put to shame about his bad Iraq war policies.He's just trying distance himself
from BUSH. A vote for McCain will be a
vote for the fail policies of George Bush.

Posted by: LARRY | June 4, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain has no money, no crowds ....
Typical loser offer.

Posted by: Sidney McCain | June 4, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

No surprise with this. McCain is horrible at podium-style events and that is one of Obama's greatest strengths. The McCain campaign will fight very hard to get at least a few town halls.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | June 4, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Is it an issue ......if John McCain Got anally raped by KGB agents while he was held as an American Prisoner at the Hanoi Hilton.

What if the Russian's.....have Photo's?

Posted by: John Backed it UP | June 4, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Sure, it's easy for McCain to challenge Obama to debate him in his favored format. What the old coot doesn't realize is that no matter the medium, Obama is going to turn him into McPain.

Posted by: jonathan | June 4, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Both candidates should be equally worried about this

Mccain: because even if he was a great public speaker (which he is not) he still will look worse than the masterful Obama

Obama: because while he may be an excellent speaker, you need substantive things to talk debate about. When he is in a town hall setting he cannot simply complain about partisan politics anytime MCcain decides to talk policy. It is impossible to have a substantive debate simply on "hope" and "change".

Posted by: 5 Dollar Foot Long | June 4, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

This clown McSame just wants to talk to a crowd larger than 200 people for the first time this campaign.

Oh and he is McSame, today he once again said the way to peace in the Middle East is only by working together with our friends and not through diplomacy with the enemy. This is the false choice that has already failed.

How do you surge fans think we got the Suni "enemy" to join us? We bought them off!!

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I hope Obama tells the old man to stuff it, see you in Nov. McCain is out of touch. Just ignore him and he will put his foot in his mouth. Obama doesn't need to go up against McCain in town hall meetings. McCain needs these events so he can appear competitive. Don't enable him.

Posted by: Jimbo | June 4, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

He knows Obama is a draw. Mccain does those meetings to like 100 people and no one cares, they get no press. He will be running a campaign in almost obscurity and he knows it. While Obama draws 10,000 at a clip and lots os press. Lets face it, Mccain is a bore.

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No question, Obama will put the old man to shame.

McCain's real motivation is that he doesn't have any money and a town hall style forum would give him some free publicity.

Posted by: will s | June 4, 2008 2:19 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I believe that the Senator from Arizona actually want to change the way this election is fought. Senator Obama has every right to make a counter offer as to time and place. He could just say that he will pledge to direct his team to meet with Senator McCain's team to work out detail tha work for both. I like the idea of the two of them sharing a plane.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

No question, Obama will put the old man to shame.

McCain's real motivation is that he doesn't have any money and a town hall style forum would give him some free publicity.

Posted by: will s | June 4, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

How is "Osama" a racist remark?

Is it anti-Arab racism? No. It's a juvenile comparison of Obama to Osama bin Laden, similar to all the McSame, McBush name-calling I see from the other side. If his name were Hilter, and someone rearranged it to Hitler, is that racist?

Some of you really need to learn words other than "racism" when you encounter something you object to.

Posted by: Paul | June 4, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

wHO WILL HELP mCbUSH STAND UP TO THE STRAIN OF L
10 tOWN hALL MEETINGS.

pLE mAN JUST DONT CUT YOUR NOSE OFF TO SPITE YOUR FACE.!!! LIFE IS TOO SHORT AND AS LIFE GETS SHORTER SO DOES HEALTH

Posted by: LYNN PARKER | June 4, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

This sounds good when you first read it or hear it but lets call it what it is. John McCain knows he is in trouble, especially after that HORRIBLE speech he delivered to this non-representative crowd of America in New Orleans last night. What was that? He is pulling out campaign stunts to make himself look better because he is going to get clobbered on the issues facing this country, IF AMERICA is awake this time. I still cannot get over the fact that George W. Bush was voted in twice. If I was Senator Obama, I would dictate to him how these debates are going to go down, make McCain respond to his dictates. No working class American should be voting for John McCain this Fall, no way, no how. He does not represent the average citizen on ANY of the issues.

Posted by: CitizenAJ | June 4, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Editor,

I have faith in Mr. John McCain for President United State of America. Mr. McCain has more profile for to act in moments of difficult what got to cross.

The Wide-World hopes somebody with strength for to fight terrorism.

Best personal regards
Lic. Jorge Anibal Ferreyra

Posted by: JORGE ANIBAL FERREYRA | June 4, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

This sounds good when you first read it or hear it but lets call it what it is. John McCain knows he is in trouble, especially after that HORRIBLE speech he delivered to this non-representative crowd of America in New Orleans last night. What was that? He is pulling out campaign stunts to make himself look better because he is going to get clobbered on the issues facing this country, IF AMERICA is awake this time. I still cannot get over the fact that George W. Bush was voted in twice. If I was Senator Obama, I would dictate to him how these debates are going to go down, make McCain respond to his dictates. No working class American should be voting for John McCain this Fall, no way, no how. He does not represent the average citizen on ANY of the issues.

Posted by: Citizen AJ | June 4, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Ever watch one of those meetings? Mccain takes set up softball questions and if anyone asks something he doesn't like he flips out. Obama would make him look like the idiot he is. Did you see the one today? He said we will be energy independent in a few years? Is he out of his mind, does he even know what it means? His BS may be as bad as Hillary's.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"It will be good to see Barak Osama put to shame by a true patriot."
Posted by: Tyrone

I will be good to see the morons out of power and their supporters irrelevant. How does it feel to be evil?

Posted by: edwcorey | June 4, 2008 2:04 PM
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I second the motion for Tyrone to shut his trap or take it to the RNC site where low brow chuckleheads can yap about them damn libs

Posted by: Mike | June 4, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"Who knows, without a teleprompter and w/o no way of controlling the questions that will be asked of him, maybe Obama will absolutely tank in these town hall meetings."

Yeah, what's with the halting delivery of words? Is the few seconds of delay between words supposed to convey some deep thinking on his part?

He often makes a statement as to the type of debate the opponent wants, and concludes "that's a debate John McCain could win", or a statement as t othe type of debate he wants, and says "that's a debate I am looking forward to".

To quote a recent SecDef, you don't choose the type of debates you might be in, you argue the debates you are in.

Posted by: Krishna | June 4, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"It will be good to see Barak Osama put to shame by a true patriot."
Posted by: Tyrone

I will be good to see the morons out of power and their supporters irrelevant. How does it feel to be evil?

Posted by: edwcorey | June 4, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain is showing some unexpected agility in his responses, unlike his much younger, inexperienced, neophyte opponent.

Posted by: Krishna | June 4, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ryan--I reported the post by Tyrone for the "Osama" comment. You can report it too by clicking on the link that says "please email us to report offensive comments". It's at the top of the first comment.

Thanks for pointing it out. We really don't need to be injecting more racial hatred/bias into this political process. =)

Posted by: Adri | June 4, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Of course this is about free TV time, and not at all about people in these town halls. -The Political Jerk

Posted by: The Political Jerk | June 4, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Who knows, without a teleprompter and w/o no way of controlling the questions that will be asked of him, maybe Obama will absolutely tank in these town hall meetings.

He sure hates to be questioned, debated, and looked like total fool in the PA debate.

Posted by: 761-091 | June 4, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

A splendid idea, John. Just make sure Hillary Clinton doesn't get hold of the flight plans.

Posted by: Vincent | June 4, 2008 12:43 PM

Heh, Hillary is flying them...

Posted by: zx | June 4, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Mccain is doing this, so he can get his cheerleaders to ask question like why aren't wearing Pin ?

Posted by: Tony | June 4, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I actually love this concept! The only problem I have with it is that Obama is probably completely worn out from all the stress from the last several months and needs at least a few weeks to chill. McCain telling him where and when to meet him seems a bit domineering, they should have equal say about where/when the meetings would take place (or even if!).

Watching Obama debate McCain will be more hilarious than any sitcom ever created. McCain probably won't know the definition of half of the words that Obama uses, and even fewer of the concepts. McCain will be like a deer caught in head lights.

But perhaps that is their plan...to make Obama seem so elitist that when he says anything that anyone over the age of 14 can understand, McCain will just make Bush like facial grimaces and get a bunch of laughs. Ahh...anti-intellectualism. One of the last acceptable forms of discrimination and stigmatization.

Posted by: Adri | June 4, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Someone please report the racist comment about Barack "Osama." Not sure how to do it.

Posted by: Ryan | June 4, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

As a strong Obama supporter, I truly hope he accepts this offer. If handled with courtesy and mutual respect, such forums could help transform our political process. Hand-in-hand with this, let both sides equally pledge to repudiate "swift-boating" from independent groups. How about this approach: Mutually refuse to campaign in states where such advertising tactics are used?

Posted by: Paul Olson | June 4, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Bravo Sen. McCain. Regardless of your motives these are the kind of conversations missing from American politics. Surely Obama will win these debates, but I commend you; It would be a lot easier to avoid this type of confrontation.

Posted by: brad | June 4, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

It will be good to see Barak Osama put to shame by a true patriot.

Posted by: Tyrone | June 4, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

You're in the drivers seat, Obama. You set the terms, not the GOP.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

This is a excellent idea by Senator McCain. It will bring political discourse to a level of civility. This is unlike anything the jackasses in the Bush administration would even consider. They would have Bush staging a "talk" and his pre-screened boot lickers yelling in support.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Same post as previous with editing changes.

John McCain is not doing this because he is public spirited or because he is a good debater. He is not one.

He is doing this out of necessity because he will be heavily outspent by Barack Obama. McCain needs all the debates, joint appearances, forums, and other types of free media he can get.

Right now, McCain is competitive with Obama in polls but this is his high point. Once Hillary Clinton supporters return to the Democratic fold, McCain will fall behind.

Obama will probably be able to perform well enough in the traditional two to three presidential debates to maintain his lead. Also McCain desperately needs the debates so the Obama campaign can dictate the format to their advantage.

Unless McCain can break these dynamics he will slowly but surely succumb to superior Obama campaign financing. McCain needs to do risky things that get free publicity or he will inevitably lose.

A side point: regardless of debates, do we really need to see two political conventions and five more months of campaigning to decide between these two guys?

Posted by: danielhancock | June 4, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing more than a political stunt by McBush to seem relevant. Barack Obama hit him hard and brilliantly last night. By having his victory announcement in MN at the Xcel center (where McBush will become the GOP nominee before a much smaller crowd) and then whacking McCain hard on his ties to McBush he has him on the run. McBush only sent this letter because he realized how badly he was diminished last night.

Posted by: american voter | June 4, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

It sounds so civil, so collaborative, so idyllic. But McCain is clearly in the driver's seat on this issue. He is putting Obama on the spot, forcing his hand. If Obama says No - if he doesn't show up next week at Federal Hall - he looks afraid of meeting McCain's call to civility. If Obama says Yes, he looks like McCain's guest on the McCain Road Show. It's not a lose-lose situation, but McCain's gesture is far from pure, far from civil, far from collaborative. It is gotcha politics dressed up with a smile and a firm handshake.

Posted by: Chris | June 4, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Nothing to gain, everything to lose. Let McCain stand up alone, by himself, droning on and on in front of sparse crowds. Plenty of time later for Town Meetings. First, a concession from HRC.

Posted by: thebob.bob | June 4, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is not doing this because he is public spirited or because he is a good debater. He is not one.

He is doing this out of necessity because he will be heavily outspent by Obama. He needs all the debates, joint appearances, forums, and other types of free media he can get.

Right now, McCain is competitive with Barack Obama in polls but this is his high point. Once Hillary Clinton supporters return to the Democratic fold McCain will fall behind.

Obama will probably be able perform well enough in the traditional two to three presidential debates well to maintain his lead. Also McCain needs the debates more so the Obama campaign can dictate the format to their advantage.

Unless McCain can break these dynamics he will slowly but surely succumb to superior Obama campaign financing.

A side point: regardless of debates, do we really need to see two political conventions and five more months of campaigning to decide between these two guy?

Posted by: danielhancock | June 4, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I predict:

McCain will try to use FEAR to get votes.

Obama will try to use HOPE to get votes.

Posted by: Seer | June 4, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Less than a day after Obama clinched the Democratic nomination, McCain delivered a letter to his campaign, formally proposing what he had raised last month. In the letter, he proposed that the two men fly to the first town hall meeting in the same plane as symbol that they are "embracing the politics of civility."
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A splendid idea, John. Just make sure Hillary Clinton doesn't get hold of the flight plans.

Posted by: Vincent | June 4, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

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