Seriously, the McCain campaign seems panicky this week.
No, just the sheep who follow both Obama and McCain talkin' trash.
When will Obama agree to debate McCain. I know McCain made the offer.
John McCain on Wednesday proposed a series of debates and town hall forums with Barack Obama. These events would be in addition to the three presidential debates sanctioned by the Presidential Debate Commission.
Speaking at a town-hall meeting in Baton Rouge, La., McCain said the two major party presidential candidates should appear together so that Americans can get a good look at the differences in their policies.
"Leaders don't hide from history, they make history," McCain said. "I hope that Senator Obama will accept my invitation."
McCain later told reporters that he thinks Americans want "a new kind of discussion."
"I think they want a real chance to express their hopes and dreams and aspirations for the future and I think they'd like to hear directly from the candidates," he said.
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe responded that he finds the idea of joint town halls "appealing and one that would allow a great conversation to take place about the need to change the direction of this country."
However, Plouffe said the Obama camp would "recommend a format that is less structured and lengthier than the McCain campaign suggests, one that more closely resembles the historic debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas."
He said the campaign will begin addressing the idea in the coming days and discuss accordingly with the McCain team.
McCain has previously suggested the idea of Lincoln-Douglas-style travel together. On Wednesday, he sent a letter to Obama in which he proposed 10 town halls, one a week beginning next week and lasting until the Democratic convention.
He suggested the town halls could last 60-90 minutes in length, have 200 to 400 audience members selected by an independent polling agency, would limited moderation, allow blind questions from the audience and equal time for response.
He also proposed that he and Obama fly together to the first event, which could be held in New York City's Federal Hall, where George Washington took his first oath of office.
"In 1963, Senator Barry Goldwater and President John F. Kennedy agreed to make presidential campaign history by flying together from town to town and debating each other face-to-face on the same stage. In Goldwater's words, those debates 'would have done the country a lot of good.' Unfortunately, with President Kennedy's untimely death, Americans lost the rare opportunity of witnessing candidates for the highest office in the land discuss civilly and extensively the great issues at stake in the election," McCain wrote.
"What a welcome change it would be were presidential candidates in our time to treat each other and the people they seek to lead with respect and courtesy as they discussed the great issues of the day, without the empty sound bites and media-filtered exchanges that dominate our elections. It is in the spirit of President Kennedy's and Senator Goldwater's agreement, in the spirit of the politics of change, and to do our country good, that I invite you to join me in participating in town hall meetings across the country to discuss the most important issues facing Americans," the letter continues.