[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/10/art.obamaor.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Barack Obama speaks to reporters in Bend, Oregon, Saturday."]
BEND, Oregon (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama said Saturday that if he were to become the Democratic nominee, holding joint town hall-style campaign events with Republican Sen. John McCain would be a "great idea."
"Obviously, we would have to think through the logistics on that," Obama continued. "But ... if I have the opportunity to debate substantive issues before the voters with John McCain, that's something that I am going to welcome."
Recently, advisors to the all-but-certain GOP nominee have said the Arizona senator is open to the idea, and his campaign has touted the fact that he and Democrat Bill Bradley held joint campaign events when the two ran for the presidential nomination in 1999.
“John McCain has repeatedly encouraged these types of appearances with his opponents in the past," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.
"But in order to extend all due respect to Sen. Clinton, we will look forward to welcoming the arrangements when the Democrats have actually chosen their nominee," Bounds added.