McCain Holds Town Hall Meeting Minus Obama

NEW YORK (AP) — John McCain has held a town hall meeting in New York even though Barack Obama wasn’t there.

The Republican nominee-apparent was hoping it would be the first of 10 town hall appearances he’s suggesting for the two of them. Obama, his party’s presumed nominee, says he doesn’t think it’s realistic to do 10 since the Democrats just wrapped up their primaries. He says he’d like a mix of formats.

McCain’s town hall gathering was held at New York’s Federal Hall, and aired on Fox News Channel. The audience of about 200 included McCain supporters plus others culled from McCain e-mail lists and from independent voter groups.

The town-hall format is McCain’s favorite, but it has its risks. One Republican strategist says the more time you spend exposed, the greater the chances of stumbling or fumbling.