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Obama agrees to debates with McCain

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Latest update : 2008-08-03

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama agreed to three debates with his Republican rival John McCain, ahead of the November 4 election.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama agreed Saturday to a proposal to have three debates with his Republican rival John McCain, but said nothing about McCain's earlier proposal for a series of joint "town hall" type meetings.
  
In a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe accepted their outline to hold three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate ahead of the November 4 election.
  
"Due to the late date of the two parties' nominating conventions, and the relatively short period between the end of the conventions and the first proposed debate, it is likely that the four Commission debates will be the sole series of debates in the fall campaign," Plouffe said.
  
The debates would all take place after the two parties' national conventions, held at the very end of August and the first week of September.
  
In addition to debates, McCain in June offered to hold at least 10 joint town hall meetings between then and the first convention.
  
At the time the Obama camp countered with an offer of one town hall meeting on the economy in July and one debate on foreign policy in August.
  
No joint appearances by the two men have taken place since the proposals were made.
  
The three presidential debates are scheduled as follows:
  
- September 26 at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.
  
- October 7 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
  
- October 15 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
  
The debate between vice presidential candidates is slated for October 2 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Date created : 2008-08-03

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