McCain is desperate at this point. Check out the above videos (FOX rips McCain's speech and My Friends) and you'll know why. So it's not surprising that McCain has challenged Obama to a series of Town Hall meetings:
John McCain asked Barack Obama to join him in 10 town hall meetings with voters in the coming months, and their campaigns began negotiations to make it happen. McCain, the Republican nominee-in-waiting, made the request Wednesday, the day after Obama clinched the Democratic nomination.
There is a stark contrast between the two as we all know and McCain hopes that the more Americans see them together on stage, then when the real debates come up in late September, he won't look as bad standing next to Obama. Looking back, John Kerry was down to BushCo. after they mishandled the DNC convention and wouldn't even criticize Bush. In contrast the RNC convention was an outright 5 day attack dog marathon against Kerry/Edwards featuring Zell Miller and his spitball rant for the Bush/Cheney ticket.
It was the first debate that kind of put him back in the game. And then there's the possibility of the gotcha word game miscues that the media craves for. Endless loops of a phrase to beat their audience over with. I frankly see no upside to it myself.
CBS's new poll shows Obama up 48-42 in the general and they haven't started to get into it yet.
Steve raised some of these points earlier and I wanted to weigh in here. Why do you think McCain wants even more presidential debates?