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article imageFirst 2008 Presidential Town Hall Meeting Tonight Featuring John McCain

By Samantha A. Torrence     Jun 12, 2008 in Politics
The first town hall meeting will be hosted by Fox News tonight at 7pm. The meeting will feature Republican Presidential nominee John McCain.
Live, from Federal Hall, it's Thursday Night!
At 7pm eastern standard time Fox News will host and broadcast the first presidential town hall meeting of 2008. The town hall broadcast will feature Senator John McCain, the republican presidential nominee at Federal Hall in New York City. Federal Hall is the historic place where George Washington first took the oath of office.
Barack Obama has been extended an invitation, there is still no word from the Obama campaign if they will accept. John McCain hopes to have a joint town hall meeting with Barack Obama in an attempt to revolutionize the election process. However, Obama has suggested the Lincoln-Douglas style of debate.
Town Hall style debates feature questions from citizens to candidates. Usually uncommitted voters are encouraged to ask questions rather than supporters to make sure that the issues addressed are not "soft issues." Some critics say that Town Hall debates are half-assed live blogging.
The Lincoln-Douglass style of debate is a more traditional debating style primarily used in High School speech and debate teams. The National Forensic League uses this debate style.
Both styles have pros and cons and personally I would like to see both.
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