John McCain's campaign sees an opportunity in Barack Obama's refusal to accept multiple joint town hall meetings before the party conventions. According to a McCain aide, the Obama campaign has proposed one joint meeting to be held on July 4. That won't work for the McCain folks, who don't believe that folks would be watching television that day. Today, McCain's team acceptd two more invitations: one from Nancy Reagan to be held at the Reagan library, and the other from the daugters of President Johnson to held at the LBJ library in Texas. The next McCain-proposed joint town hall -- actually, the first, because last night's meeting was full of McCain lackeys -- is scheduled for June 19 in Minnesota.
Rick Davis, in a letter to Obama manager David Plouffe, writes that "our negotiations over joint town hall meetings are turning into a debate about process. That is exactly what we have always hoped to avoid, and why we proposed a town hall format that would render many of these process issues moot. As Senator Obama has said, he is prepared to meet "anywhere, anytime" for a town hall."
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