September 13th, 2008
06:25 PM ET
2 years ago

McCain and Palin plan joint town halls in battleground states

McCain and Palin will hold joint events in key states.
McCain and Palin will hold joint events in key states.

RENO, Nevada (CNN) - CNN has learned that John McCain and Sarah Palin plan to hold joint town hall meetings next week.

A McCain adviser says early plans are to hold the town halls in western Michigan and Wisconsin, although the exact details of where and when they will be held are still being worked out.

These events would likely mark the first time Palin takes questions from voters.

Aides say her solo campaign events planned for Nevada Saturday, Colorado Monday, and Ohio Tuesday are all scheduled as rallies where she will speak to but not interact with voters.

McCain is known for his town hall meetings, and often touts his penchant for the ask-anything approach as proof of his "straight talk."

But he hasn't held a town hall in almost a month - since August 20 in New Mexico.

And the man who promised to hold frequent press conferences in the White House hasn't held an availability with traveling reporters in exactly a month: His last press conference was August 13.

McCain aides are quite candid about the fact that they tried for months to persuade him to hold fewer press conferences in order to stay on message, and finally succeeded.

First, he stopped bringing reporters on his bus for his signature "straight talk legs."

Then he severely cut back on what had been a McCain campaign trail staple - a press conference after events with voters.

Senior advisers say they believe that has allowed them to better refine and control their message, and insist that contributed to his rise in the polls even before Palin was picked.

Instead, McCain does a slew of interviews with local reporters and anchors - not just in the states he's visiting, but also via satellite.

It’s a tried and true way for candidates to get their messages out through what campaigns consider to be less of a “filter.”

McCain aides have been getting complaints from traveling reporters about the reduced access, but it is still unclear when or if he'll hold another press conference.

–CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report


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soundoff (349 Responses)
  1. henriettap

    Is McCain afraid to have Palin out on her own campaigning?Maybe we could learn the truth from one of them if they were questioned seperately.There seems to be a double standard when it comes to the media and how they handle the untruths of McCain if it were Obama they would have been on every station every hour.But they are not covering her false stories and they seem to keep popping up all the time but with minimun coverage.

    September 13, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  2. Freedom Loving Patriot (God fearing too!)

    Let her duke it out on her own!

    "Sieg Heil" Sarah! We loathe you!

    September 13, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  3. obama fan

    Surprise!! Surprise!! She has got caught lying again!! I don't know about the rest of America, but I don't want another lying republican in the White House. Goooo!!!!!! Obama!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  4. I'm Fired Up

    Palin's running the show; McCain is only along for the ride.
    Welcome President Palin.

    September 13, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  5. linda from South Dakota

    so now shes ready for questions,, umm rep? go her propped up on the answers(lies)????? shes no way ready to help lead this country,, she should go bake to where she came from,,,mccainas lies enough, we dont need her

    September 13, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  6. RS

    I wonder, is McCain the first presidential candidate in history to be afraid to campaign without his vice president at his side?

    September 13, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  7. Remy, Titusville, Florida

    Isn't it time to call Mr. McCain and Mrs. Palin what they are? I have the greatest respect for the things John McCain has done for our country, but it seems to me that in view of so much power so close at hand, he has lost all restraint.

    In my world, if someone is a liar, I will call him or her out as such.

    September 13, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  8. g

    Palin and McCain are supposed to be devot Christians. Commandment No. 9 says thou shall not give false testimony. Jesus must be bleeding watching these two fraudulent and mean spirited people.

    September 13, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  9. notsowowed

    It is about time! Scripted speeches and prepped interviews can only help so much. I am gald that we will know more about this person and decide for ourselves if this is the direction our country needs to take.

    September 13, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  10. William Dixon

    Watching him on the view, I don't blame him. He has too many lies to explain.

    September 13, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  11. Rob indetroit

    MCsame is too scared to travel on his own because he would put people to sleep.

    OBAMA-BIDEN08'

    September 13, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  12. Independent, white female !

    Of course, can you imagine Palin on her own not being protected by Mccain or Mccain on his own with about 10 people to discuss the Bush tax cuts he is going to extend for the rich! They need to be together, it is the only way they can fool some of the American public.

    September 13, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  13. Andy

    Palin seems like an outspoken, driven woman who has opinions of her own. The McCain campaign, by holding her back, and not letting her speak with the public, are sending a horrible message to strong women everywhere. It's like saying women should only be seen but not heard from, just stand there look pretty & shut up. I'm sure Sarah is raring to go, & take on the press & the public.

    This is not conservatism, but chauvinism. It wouldn't surprise me if once they win the election, McCain says thank you very much & packs her off back to Alaska.

    September 13, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  14. No Way Jose

    I refuse to beleive that americans would reward the republican party for 8 years of very bad politics? Impossible, because McCain is for 30 years a supporter of these politics.

    That woyld be the laugh of the century and the world truly would think americans are stupid.

    I can't see it, who really can?

    September 13, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  15. S Callahan

    i am Republican, and even I would not consider a vote for someone who does not answer questions from the public of all parties. As a potential represanative as Vice President she would represent ALL of the American people so it's only fair that all of us can ask questions and get honest answers. I don't want an actress i want a represenative.

    September 13, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    As a life long Republican I can only say McCain has found a woman candidate I dislike even more than Hillary. Sarah has no idea what America wants or needs.

    What would have been the media reaction if Obama paraded an unmarried preganant teenaged daughter at his Democratic National party?

    What would people have said if Biden could not identify the Bush Doctrine?

    As an almost senior I have 50% less financial power than I had last year. That frightens me.

    I can't stand four more years ( much less 8 ) of the same thing.

    It appears that America just can't get past a pretty face.

    Sarah Palin is a nightmare when it comes to women's rights. We may as well be back in the 50s.

    She is even more conservative than McCain.

    Some day I will proudly vote for a woman president or vice president, but just not this one.

    Is America so "dumb downed" that we believe anything?

    Please, America, stop and think what you are doing!!!

    September 13, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  17. george

    Shock of all shocks...the old man's not gonna let
    his "little girl" out of his sight. John McCain has made a mochary
    of our process, i'm actually embarraced . His VP pick "Sister Sarah",
    proved to me that John McCain will do ANYTHING to be President.
    ANYTHING!!! but, that's ok, I'm sure we'll get some real answeres,
    on Mon, and Tue... That's when a real ...ah..."News Man ", (yea right)
    Sean "the hach" Hannity, will have at her...I'm gonna be sick!

    September 13, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  18. Yep - She's a bust

    Ladies and Gentlemen – the great John Mc B to the S

    September 14, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  19. Chris

    Now we have the "No talk express". Why should he answer questions when the populace is ga-ga over his liar of a running mate?! The reason that they will now campaign together is that McBush has finally mastered her voice so she can move her lips and he can do the talking. We, as an electorate were foolish giving Bush 1 term, then we were total idiots to give him a 2nd. I sincerely hope that we know enough not to give him a 3rd.

    September 14, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  20. Sue, NY

    He is so controled by his handlers....is this the kind of president we want?

    September 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. show

    what r they gonna say at the lame town hall meetings? continue to repeat lies and crazy exaggerations? i dont need to hear about the bridge to nowhere flop again. and McCain needs to take that sharpie he continues to pull out and write down some real material

    September 14, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. jon

    And Obama????

    NEVER does a townhall.
    The press gives him softball questions.
    They never challenge him on his LIES.
    Obama whines about "issues", but when you give him the mic, he DOESN'T talk about issues.

    He smears John McCain on houses (they're owned by Cindy- we all know she's rich).

    He smears John McCain about "5 million"- we all know that was a gaffe and John McCain even pointed out it would be distorted.

    He smears John McCain about "100 years"- We all know that was taken WAY out of context.

    He smears John McCain about "200 billion to special interests". Barack! These are across the board tax cuts to Business- John McCain does not believe government produces jobs! It doesn't!!

    He's been smearing McCain for months as "McBush". There was no more vocal opponent to Bush than McCain on EVERY single failure of the Bush presidency. McCain risked his career to speak out. Obama in contrast just votes "present" when he can't score political points.

    What else?? Take any one of Barracks attacks and you'll see they distortions.

    If we want any issues someone has to force these guys to come clean. The Press cannot just bury McCain. He attacks because he has to. When he used to speak about respectful campaign and asked for debates, he got NO coverage. None. It's the fault of the Press not treating each candidate equally.

    September 14, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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