Obama Warm to Town-Hall Idea

Also from Ben Smith, reporting on Obama’s response to a McCain challegenge to campaign at townhall style meetings over the summer:

Carrie Budoff Brown e-mails from an Obama avail in Oregon that he appeared to look favorably on campaigning with McCain this summer at town halls, as suggested by the Republican’s campaign advisers:

“That is a great idea,” Obama told reporters in Bend, Ore. “We would have to think through the logistics on

But if he were the nominee and he could debate “substantive issues” with McCain before the voters, Obama said he would welcome it.

This strikes me as a win-win, at least for Obama. McCain has to do it to have any chance to compete in the media game with a MUCH better financed Obama, and Obama can keep the debate regularly focused on issues in a year that trends to Democrats.

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