Live Blog: McCain Town Hall

posted at 6:45 pm on June 19, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

John McCain brings his town-hall tour to the biggest small town in the Midwest and the home of the Republican National Convention — St. Paul. After going through a few twists and turns, the campaign got me a press credential for the event — and I’m almost literally in the front row, about 50 feet from the podium at the Landmark Center. It’s an intimate setting for the event, with less than 200 seats for attendees, and press space for maybe 40 or so people.

The connection looks good, so it’s perfect for a Hot Air live blog. Be sure to jump into the forum, while I describe the atmosphere and the questions. I’ll also be taking some still photos and video for later publication. Don’t miss a minute of it!

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With the live blogging, I feel like this is WWDC all over again… in a good way :)

loganthompson on June 19, 2008 at 7:07 PM

When does the event start?

its vintage duh on June 19, 2008 at 7:08 PM

7:00 CT

loganthompson on June 19, 2008 at 7:18 PM

If anyone finds a way to stream this, let me know.

DaveS on June 19, 2008 at 7:42 PM

The wcco link Ed has in live chat works but the audio is kinda low DaveS.

Dawnsblood on June 19, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Has anyone found this on television yet? Not on CSPAN1,2 or 3

cannonball on June 19, 2008 at 8:14 PM

Awesome… the link is working. Listen up people!

cannonball on June 19, 2008 at 8:19 PM

As much as I hate to admit it, he is doing well. Not great, but well. He has only slightly irritated me once so far .. with more of the Global Warming nonsense. But other than that, I can’t complain.

First question from the audience seems to be a plant though.

LegendHasIt on June 19, 2008 at 8:24 PM

Lieberman, Feingold & Kennedy… Reaching across the aisle is great!

LegendHasIt on June 19, 2008 at 8:25 PM

Hey, Great… If you want government controlled healthcare, go to Canada!

LegendHasIt on June 19, 2008 at 8:28 PM

I thought he was a big ANTI Yucca Mountain?

LegendHasIt on June 19, 2008 at 8:33 PM

This is why Obama won’t take McCain on in public forums. Obama is a product of the teleprompter. McCain knows his issues and has conviction. Perhaps he is stubborn, but he knows what he believes. When you tell the truth it is always easier to remember what you said. Obama hasn’t learned this yet.

cannonball on June 19, 2008 at 8:36 PM

Here it comes… immigration. Any bets?

cannonball on June 19, 2008 at 8:36 PM

Well, we don’t all know what has happened, do we, John?

VolMagic on June 19, 2008 at 8:38 PM

Man, have we come so far, that the (R) nominee doesn’t even consider shutting down the DOE?

VolMagic on June 19, 2008 at 8:40 PM

VolMagic, in what universe have R nominees typically been in favor of abolishing the DOE?

DaveS on June 19, 2008 at 8:48 PM

Why is pulling Africa out of the dark ages OUR responsibility?

Nonetheless, his answer was pretty decent.

LegendHasIt on June 19, 2008 at 8:54 PM

Well, I have to miss the rest; responsibility calls.

LegendHasIt on June 19, 2008 at 9:01 PM

DaveS,

From the 1984 Republican party platfrom:

“Education is a matter of choice, and choice in education is inevitably political. All of education is a passing on of ideas from one generation to another. Since the storehouse of knowledge is vast, a selection must be made of what to pass on. Those doing the selecting bring with them their own politics. Therefore, the more centralized the selection process, the greater the threat of tyranny. The more diversified the selection process, the greater the chance for a thriving free marketplace of ideas as the best insurance for excellence in education.”

In what sense is the DOE not a “centralization of the selection process” with regard to what is taught in schools?

VolMagic on June 19, 2008 at 9:04 PM

DaveS,

From the 1980 Republican Party platform:

“We will halt the unconstitutional regulatory vendetta launched by Mr. Carter’s IRS Commissioner against independent schools.

We will hold the federal bureaucracy accountable for its harassment of colleges and universities and will clear away the tangle of regulation that has unconscionably driven up their expenses and tuitions. We will respect the rights of state and local authorities in the management of their school systems.

The commitment of the American people to provide educational opportunities for all has resulted in a tremendous expansion of schools at all levels. And the more we reduce the federal proportion of taxation, the more resources will be left to sustain and develop state and local institutions”

Is that not a call for wresting control of Education from the federal govt.?

VolMagic on June 19, 2008 at 9:08 PM

The President may not be able to overturn SCOTUS decisions, but there’s no reason Congress should not be able to pass a Bill to send to the President that does so.

Sir Andrew on June 19, 2008 at 9:11 PM

DaveS,

I take it you know who was the head of the (R) party in 19080 and 1984.

VolMagic on June 19, 2008 at 9:12 PM

VolMagic on June 19, 2008 at 9:08 PM

I think those days are long, long gone.

Squid Shark on June 19, 2008 at 9:12 PM

This is why Obama won’t take McCain on in public forums. Obama is a product of the teleprompter. McCain knows his issues and has conviction. Perhaps he is stubborn, but he knows what he believes. When you tell the truth it is always easier to remember what you said. Obama hasn’t learned this yet.

cannonball on June 19, 2008 at 8:36 PM

Agreed! And David Axelrod…I mean BarryO…knows this.

SouthernGent on June 19, 2008 at 9:14 PM

Squid Shark on June 19, 2008 at 9:12 PM

Which is sad. The more entrenched liberalism is, the further to the left the “center” becomes. And only a strong conservative can turn back the tide. Thus my initial post at 8:40

VolMagic on June 19, 2008 at 9:19 PM

VolMagic, nothing you posted supports the assertion that Republican candidates (even Reagan) supported abolishing the DoE.

DaveS on June 19, 2008 at 9:26 PM

Ed, did Juan flip off conservatives?

Zorro on June 19, 2008 at 9:28 PM

SouthernGent on June 19, 2008 at 9:14 PM

I cant wait till Obama gets the nose-punch from Mac in a townhall debate.

Squid Shark on June 19, 2008 at 9:29 PM

Thanks, Ed. Great job!

bnelson44 on June 19, 2008 at 9:30 PM

DaveS,

Since you won’t read between the lines, there is this:

Also, this

Clear enough?

VolMagic on June 19, 2008 at 9:32 PM

DaveS,

This as well.

From the link:

When the administration proposed to abolish the Department of Education in 1981

Some in the GOP saw the light on the DOE. Some didn’t. Point proved. Thanks

VolMagic on June 19, 2008 at 9:35 PM

Ed, did Juan flip off conservatives?
Zorro on June 19, 2008 at 9:28 PM

Pardon me for answering a question not directed to me…
No, He did not.
(Unless he did it during the last 10-15 minutes that I had to miss.)
First time in history that I have heard him speak on wide ranging subjects for more than five minutes where he did not do that.

This is not the McCain that I know. ;-)

LegendHasIt on June 19, 2008 at 9:46 PM

Thanks, Ed. Great job!

bnelson44 on June 19, 2008 at 9:30 PM

bnelson44-Thanks for the link to live video.

Nelsa on June 19, 2008 at 9:49 PM

Thanks for the live blog, Ed. Here is video of the entire Town Hall Meeting available now:

McCain St. Paul Town Hall Meeting Video

federalistpatriot on June 20, 2008 at 10:52 AM