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The senator finished up his town hall around 11:15, standing on stage for about an hour. He arrived on Franklin aboard "The Straight Talk Express" bus at 12:20.
Next up - a drive to Allentown and a flight to New Orleans.
You really don't know what covering a candidate is like until you actually do it. Press secretaries, secret service, inclimate weather, local & national press unequally sharing unmarked territories... a stressful hot mess if you ask me.
doors opened to the public at 8a, and this place isn't near full. very surprising, and i'm sure disappointing for the mccain camp.
lots to catch you up on - but let's get to today's big story in the area - the arrival of senator john mccain to nepa. i'm currently typing on my laptop in the f.m. kirby center over the "johnmccain1" wireless network. things haven't gone exactly as planned, truth be told, never does.
in today's instance, the press were informed that load-in would be in between 6-7a, with a secret service sweep of the building happening at 7. no cameras or equipment allowed after the sweep begins.
i arrive at 6:30, and to the chagrin of myself and a few other press, the sweep "began early." however, a mccain staffer informs us that the press will receive preferential treatment when doors open at 8, no line, and equipment will be allowed.
i burned an hour outside, walked through just before 8, and am now sitting on the third of four levels on this riser. the only national media i've noticed is hbo - which has two camerapeople filming a documentary on the election.
lots of material on the way, in the forms of writing, pictures, audio, and video - with bhtizzle's new video camera! let's hope the final product warrents the exclamation point.
afterall, nothing happens as planned - sen. mccain's 11:45 press avail, where he would have spoken to the media exclusively, is already cancelled.