McCain’s offer to the editorial board at the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday to have Obama join him in the paper's meeting with the candidates to decide who to endorse was brilliant.
Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama challenged his Republican opponent John McCain Wednesday to a ‘duel’ on taxes while touting his policies in a key swing state suffering from economic woes.
“These anxieties seem to be growing with each passing day,” Obama told a crowd of over 1,500 inside a Springfield, Mo., high school gymnasium. “We can either choose a new direction for our economy or we can keep doing what we’ve been doing. My opponent, John McCain, thinks we’re on the right track.
“I’m ready to duel John McCain on taxes right here, quick draw,” Obama said, comparing himself to western legend Wild Bill Hickock who once fought a duel in Springfield.
saber pistol rattling again.
After calling Obama chicken yesterday, let’s give him partial credit for this. Of course, the offer of “right here” leaves him plenty of wiggle room as he’s probably learned his lesson from his “anywhere, anytime” comment earlier.
He’ll still say no to the invitation from the San Francisco Chronicle.
And Team McCain drops the ball here:
"If Barack Obama wants this so-called duel then why did he and his entourage run for the hills when John McCain challenged him to 10 town halls."
Making a relatively cheap political point about Obama’s past cowardice is fine as far as it goes.
But McCain should have said, “Meet me in the town square. Tomorrow. High noon.”