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!