McCain Vs. Obama: New Electoral Map Emerges

The debate about the debates. If you haven't heard, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and ABC News have invited Obama and McCain to participate in a 90-minute, primetime town hall meeting from Federal Hall in New York City. In a letter to both candidates, ABC News president David Westin extended the offer on a date that can be agreed upon by all parties.

McCain will follow Obama in announcing this week that all of his fundraisers will be open to the press, reports NBC News. There will be a print pool reporter allowed inside, but no still or video coverage. McCain's first open press, no video fundraiser, is Monday.

The weekend was very quiet for the Arizona senator after his successful effort to stay in the news last week as the Democratic race came to a close.

Last week, McCain fired away at Obama for not voting against a resolution to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization last fall. He challenged Obama to debate with him in a town hall format, and launched a major ad buy in important swing states. But the effort by McCain to gain media attention is delicate. He and his campaign really are frustrated by the media's interest in the protracted Democratic race -- and showing their frustration goes against McCain's "happy warrior" image.

Politico's Jonathan Martin explains: "For McCain and his small coterie of fiercely loyal advisers, it's a fine line to walk. Having clinched the party's nomination in early March, his campaign has spent the last several months finding ways to insert itself into a press narrative that's been dominated by the just-ended Democratic fight. To that end, they picked up and extend the media-guilting campaign begun by Hillary Clinton and 'Saturday Night Live,' and sharpening their critique of Obama. But in doing so, they've already raised the question of whether McCain can maintain his upbeat warrior image while running an uphill race covered by a press the campaign sees as biased, and against an opponent for whom the candidate can barely conceal his contempt," writes Martin.

Clinton, D-N.Y., conceded the Democratic nomination to Obama Saturday before thousands of cheering supporters at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. "We may have started on separate journeys, but today, our paths have merged and we're all heading toward the same destination. Today, I am standing with Senator Obama to say, 'Yes, we can,'" she said. "Today, as I suspend my campaign, I congratulated him on the victory he has won . . . I endorse him and throw my full support behind him."

"For many Clinton supporters -- particularly women who had hoped the former first lady would become the nation's first female presidential nominee of a major party -- the end is difficult to accept," write the prolific ABC News duo who've been following Clinton during the entire campaign, Kate Snow and Eloise Harper. LINK

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