Town Hall Gives Mac Preferred Platform

Campaign sees tomorrow's encounter as chance to reroute opinion
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Oct 6, 2008 10:10 AM CDT
Republican presidential candidate John McCain speaks at a town hall-style campaign stop in Pueblo, Colo., on Friday; tomorrow's Nashville debate will follow a similar format.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Tomorrow’s debate will be the one town-hall-style encounter John McCain gets with Barack Obama, and analysts believe it will be crucial to keeping the presidential race from slipping away, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Republican has a reputation for excelling in the town-hall format, which brings out his spontaneity and wit.

The Obama campaign has responded by ratcheting up expectations for the Republican, the Washington Post adds. “We are expecting to see John McCain at the top of his game,” said an Obama spokeswoman. While McCain, lagging in the polls, may need to attack Obama, doing so in the face of audience members could appear crass—and a gamble.