September 13th, 2008
06:25 PM ET
8 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

Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (349 Responses)
  1. Travis

    McWar has a plan.......KEEP THE NEWS MEDIA WITH HIM AND AWAY

    FROM BARAK........what were your words?.." personal interests before

    country".....or something like sold your soul to get your one

    last shot at prez....IT'S NOT GOING TO WORK play us

    for fools......I have to tell you....this amazing thing called "computers"

    we have you figured out as soon as you put your BS out.

    September 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Pat, Indiana

    John McCain is willing to loose his integrity to win the election. He has submitted to his Rovian advisers.

    The Maverick is dead.

    Even for a Obama supporter, this is sad 😦

    I had such high hopes for this campaign.

    September 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Moderate Republican for Obama

    What a sad sight. Palin is all the McCain camp has left.

    September 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Peter

    Lies, lies, lies, more lies, lies, lies, and lies.

    Do these two ever tell the truth?

    September 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. dustin

    There has to be something historic about a vp candidate having to carry the president in a political campaign.

    September 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. Lorenzo Clemons

    Straight Lie Express..... looking forward to it!

    September 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. Jonathan Davis

    So I'm thinking the new McCain campaign plans are to do a Bob Hope/ USO style tour, but with out the Bob Hope.

    September 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. Howard Gallas

    Whatever happened to the "Straight Talk Expressd?" Now the American people are being bombarded with fact-twisted ad after fact-twisted ad - how dishonorable and insulting to our intelligence! Howard Gallas, Reno, NV.

    September 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. Griff

    More Fodder, for Obama? The CNN Drama... Will he win?? No CNN You chose your Favorite. And lost your shirt. Be careful you don'r lose your Skirt, in November. We wouldn't want to see CNN, running around in their Shimies...

    September 13, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. Leon, VA

    What, the McCain are trying to buy time to teach her how to be a better liar before she is off campaign on her own. The American people are starting to see straight through this sleezy campaign.

    September 13, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  11. Brenda fl

    the b. s is back

    September 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. Patricia

    Sarah Palin is going out alone to campaign. She is going to speak but not interact with voters. Will these voters be Republicans? If so I guess it's alright that she don't interact with her because they already believe the lies that she and McCain speaks. No Suprise here.

    September 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. McCain/Palin The Copy-Cats

    McCain wouldn't approve equal pay for women, but love to hide behind ones skirt. PUNK!

    September 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. Sherry, Atlanta


    September 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. mar

    Please Senator, Lose the fascist fly on your back if you truly love this country. You're not THAT old yet.

    September 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. George

    I think that is a great idea. They really are a tag-team of mavericks that work well together. I think their appeal isn't their speeches, it is the fact that they have the record of change that we can believe in.

    September 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. D

    dumb and duma

    September 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. Latina Woman for Barack

    Without Palin then McCain's city stops would be a bunch of individuals sleeping in the stands. Compare the McCain crowd with that of Barack's. It is no contest that the Democrats are far more energized for their top of the ticket.

    McCain wants Barack to join him in town halls well that is because he needs Barack's help in securing an energetic crowd. The McCann ONLY stops are a dull, boring & sleepy.

    I hope America is not that naive or STUPID that they believe McCain really wants to be in the same room w/ Barack.

    I keep writing into CNN even though they never post my comments.

    Is the crowd ready for Barack? Yes, we are.

    Is the crowd ready for McCain? Is it time to sleep and have nightmares of four more years? McBush, OH NO!!!!

    September 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. td for Obama

    Is it me or is McCain handing over the control of this campaign to this "cocky wacho"

    September 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  20. Rodger

    Can Todd get a baby sitter so he can give his deposition? Can Sarah still run if they bring criminal chargers? Better hurry, so Bush can pardon her.

    September 13, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. Sarge in Florida

    Hay Sarah you stated the you would never blink any eye and would attack Russia..Do you realize that China and Russia would first shoot down our communication satellites before even unleashing a nuclear warhead on this country or our Allies? You also stated that you would invade Pakistan to find Bin-Laden/ remember we also gave nuclear weapons to Pakistan..MILLION of US and others around the world would be dead...I just hope that that they hit your state first.Since you stated that you can see Russia from Alaska.We would never know what hit us.until the last seconds,..What would you do then? Jump in an Apache helicopter and start shooting them like you do MOOSE, and what foreign policies do you have? I use to be a moderate Republican and now after years of lies from your party I would never belong to your groups of HATE AND LIES>

    September 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. Al

    What just happened in Ohio with the absentee ballot incident? I just read about it in MSNBC News. Were the Republicans up to trying to pull some improprieties again to try and steal the election in key states again? It looks like the Republicans may have just gotten a taste of their own medicine. Good for the Ohio Secretary of State there. And Dennis Kucinich and Governor Strickland, thank you for doing your best for getting the word out to your citizens that we need change.

    September 13, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. bk

    No wonder, the way CNN bashes McCain/Palin and promotes Obama. What do you expect him to do?

    September 13, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. pat C.

    be careful and don't let her speak unless she reads it from a script mccain.

    September 13, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  25. Ben

    Stump speaches instead of Q and A?
    Of course.

    September 13, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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