June 13th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain campaign again challenges Obama over town halls

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(CNN) - John McCain's presidential campaign is challenging Barack Obama to join it in accepting invitations from both the Ronald Reagan and Lyndon B. Johnson presidential libraries to appear at joint town hall meetings there in July.

"The American people deserve a great debate about the future of our country, and we hope that Barack Obama will join us for these important events at these historic venues," Jill Hazelbaker, the McCain campaign's communications director, said in a statement.

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McCain campaign manager Rick Davis also sent a letter Friday to his counterpart at the Obama campaign, David Plouffe, urging again that the two candidates hold several joint town hall meetings this summer.

"We remain committed to this idea because joint town hall meetings offer the best format for presenting both candidates' visions for our country's future in a substantive way," Davis wrote. "We have a chance to change the way presidential elections are run and elevate the political dialogue. Americans deserve this kind of opportunity, and we hope that Senator Obama will join us at town hall meetings throughout the summer months."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. ObamaYes We Can

    Jonathan Hartford Ct. /You call all the untruths spoken by Hillary "Bosnia to Gas" then
    McCain with Lieberman /Graham on his right and left elbow whispering at Mccain 's as he misspeaks that they are are great speeches /not boring so either you are a Rebuplican ,not listening ,full of hot air or all three.

    June 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. steve

    I'm glad Obama is doing it the way he wants to. McCain needs any exposure he can considering how underfunded his campaign is in addition to the total lack of enthusiasm he inspires among his followers. At any rate, McCain shrillness and inability to draw money, coverage and set an original agenda shows what a total dinosaur loser he is. How can anyone vote for a technically illiterate president in this day and age? I mean, if he can't even use a computer how would he get almost any job, much less the presidency. Enough said.


    June 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Linda31

    Um, Obama has offered to have debates with you, including the town hall. McCain's responds is no. He only feels comfortable in town halls and nothing else. What are you afraid of McCain?

    June 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Joe, Northern Virginia

    Something stinks about the venue. If McBush is really serious about this town hall debate then why is he trying to select 0 venues which will have predominantly Republican audience? His claim is just a gimmick. While I support the town hall debate, I will think that the venues should be selected at random... So the audience who are going to ask the questions will not be more of one party than the other.

    June 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. GunShy

    Obama's last debate didn't spoon feed him so he's a bit gunshy on the tough questions.

    Don't tell me the Dem blew it again–this one should have been easy–instead they put their money on all talk, no experience, and no stable plan.

    Obama's idea of Civil Rights work in Chicago will sink his ship when you add on the flip flop on his Civil Rights Church mission.

    June 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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