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McCain May Skip His Election Night Party

The Associated Press reports Sen. John McCain might skip his own watch party on election night: Instead of appearing before a throng of supporters at the

Dexter Cooke
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Oct 24, 2008

The Associated Press reports Sen. John McCain might skip his own watch party on election night:

Instead of appearing before a throng of supporters at the in Phoenix on the evening of Nov. 4, the plans to deliver post-election remarks to a small group of reporters and guests on the hotel’s lawn.

Aides said Thursday that the arrangement was due to space limitations, and that McCain might drop by the election watch party at some other point.

McCain’s remarks will be piped electronically into the party and media filing center, aides said. Only a small press “pool” — mostly those who have traveled regularly with the candidate on his campaign plane, plus a few local Arizona reporters and others — will be physically present when he speaks.

The news calls into question whether the $695 price tag for a workspace in the media filing center at the Biltmore will be worthwhile for news organizations.

Yet it seems a fitting finale for a campaign in which many reporters following McCain saw more of him on television than they did in person.

In contrast, Sen. Barack Obama is planning a [massive event](Instead of appearing before a throng of supporters at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix on the evening of Nov. 4, the Republican presidential nominee plans to deliver postelection remarks to a small group of reporters and guests on the hotel's lawn. Aides said Thursday that the arrangement was due to space limitations and that McCain might drop by the election watch party at some other point. McCain's remarks will be piped electronically into the party and media filing center, aides said. Only a small press "pool" — mostly those who have traveled regularly with the candidate on his campaign plane, plus a few local Arizona reporters and others — will be physically present when he speaks.) in Chicago’s Grant Park — the site of the Lollapalooza music festival. He is expected to put in an appearance at his party.

UPDATE: Marc Ambinder reports the McCain campaign disputes the AP story:

“He’ll speak outdoors on the lawn in front of backlit Camelback mountains — it will be beautiful — and 2000 plus people will be out there with him. The rest of the guests will be in ballrooms and overflow tents with widescreen TV’s.”

Dexter Cooke | He is an orthopedic surgeon who insists that a physician's first priority should be patient care. He specializes in minimally invasive complete knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures that reduce pain and recovery time. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a medical degree and a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine.

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