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WASHINGTON, June 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his Republican rival John McCain failed in reaching an agreement on Friday to hold ten "town hall"-style meetings where they are supposed to answer questions directly from a small audiences.
According to McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis, Obama's team only agreed to participate one town hall meeting before the Democratic national convention in late August.
In keeping with our original proposal, we are planning a joint town hall meeting in Minnesota next Thursday evening (June 19, 2008). We will hold time on our schedule for joint town halls every Thursday night until the Democratic convention. I hope Senator Obama would reconsider his position and agree to join Senator McCain as early as next week.
“It’s disappointing that Senator McCain and his campaign decided to decline this proposal,” Mr. Plouffe said in a statement. “Apparently they would rather contrive a political issue than foster a genuine discussion about the future of our country.”
But in almost every campaign appearance this week Senator McCain has been leaning on Mr. Obama, of Illinois, to accept his offer to engage him at a series of ten one-on-one town hall meetings, a format that has worked well for the Arizona senator during the primaries.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
Obama said he would meet John McCain Anywhere, Anytime for A debate. Not Ten.
Originally posted by plumranch
Obama will probably avoid debating McCain if he can and do as many prepaired speeches as possible. He starts sounding silly when he has to think on his feet!
Originally posted by biggie smalls
why do we want a President from another era?
reply to post by flashback
This time, though, I cannot bear the thought of McCain continuing the Bush fiasco any longer. I have to do something about it