Bloomberg Wants To Host 1st Town Hall

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Bloomberg, Debates, Democrats, McCain, New York, New York City, Republicans

(UPDATE: Both campaigns rejected the offer because they don’t want to limit it to just one network. Hmmm…)

Now this is a pretty brilliant move…

The guy who has some of the deepest pockets in the world, and could be a VP for either candidate, wants to use that leverage.

From Politico:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and ABC News on Sunday proposed that the presidential nominees hold a joint town hall as a 90-minute network special from Federal Hall, on Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.

Such a joint meeting would be a new twist in the rituals of a national campaign, and would help both candidates promote the message that they want to help put an end to a divisive era in national politics.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has challenged Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to a series of 12 joint town halls, which would be a more casual version of the formal debates that are a traditional part of general-election campaigns. The partners propose ABC’s Diane Sawyer as a moderator.

Obama’s campaign has indicated interest but has committed to nothing.

My guess is that these town halls will happen. Maybe not as many as McCain wants, but quite a few of them and that’s a ultimately a great thing for democracy.

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2 Responses to “Bloomberg Wants To Host 1st Town Hall”

  1. UrsulaS Says:


  2. Avinash_Tyagi Says:

    They’ll only happen if McCain agrees to the longer format, I don’t see Obama giving McCain any advantages, no he’ll want to force another “green speech” out of McCain, like the one last tuesday

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