Washington (CNN) - A bipartisan group of bloggers, commentators, political strategists and internet advocates Wednesday launched an on-line campaign to urge President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders to hold regular televised conversations like the one Friday between Obama and the House GOP caucus.
Friday's event was "one of the best national political debates in many years. Citizens who watched the event were impressed, by many accounts. Journalists and commentators immediately responded by continuing the conversation of the ideas put forward by the president and his opponents – even the cable news cycle was disrupted for a day," says the on-line campaign, called Demand Question Time, on their website http://www.demandquestiontime.com.
"America could use more of this – an unfettered and public airing of political differences by our elected representatives. So we call on President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader John Boehner to hold these sessions regularly – and allow them to be broadcast and webcast live and without commercial interruption, sponsorship or intermediaries. We also urge the President and the Republican Senate caucus to follow suit. And we ask the President and the House and Senate caucuses of his own party to consider mounting similar direct question-and-answer sessions. We will ask future Presidents and Congresses to do the same."
Asked Monday about whether any such events will take place in the future, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said "I believe we have been invited to speak to the Senate Republicans, and we will do so. Look, I think the President had - I think the President enjoyed the give and take on these issues of importance. You guys seemed to think it was a worthwhile endeavor. And I think opportunities like this for both sides are important to talk through our ideas."
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report