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McCain: Obama Should Have Done Them Town Halls

September 26, 2008

Jonathan Martin of Politico reports:

“I understand that there is a lot of attention on this but I also wish Senator Obama had agreed to ten or more town hall meetings that I had asked him to attend with me,” McCain told ABC’s Charlie Gibson when asked in an interview broadcast on World News Tonight whether there would be a debate Friday in Mississippi as planned.  “Wouldn’t be quite that much urgency if he agreed to do that, instead he refused to do it.”

Talking to the campaign pool reporter later, Schmidt said McCain hoped to make it to Oxford before shifting the conversation.

“He had actually hoped this would be the 11th debate of the campaign, not the first,” Schmidt said.  “He’s very disappointed in Sen. Obama about that because this could have been the 11th debate. Sen. Obama said he would debate anywhere, anyplace, anytime. He refused to do that.”

McCain is taking a cue from our 42nd President when he said yesterday to ABC’s Chris Cuomo:

“We know he didn’t do it because he’s afraid because Sen. McCain wanted more debates,” Clinton said, adding that he was “encouraged” by the joint statement from McCain and Sen. Barack Obama.

“You can put it off a few days the problem is it’s hard to reschedule those things,” Clinton said, “I presume he did that in good faith since I know he wanted — I remember he asked for more debates to go all around the country and so I don’t think we ought to overly parse that.”

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