Senators McCain and Obama Invited to Town Hall Meetings at Johnson and Reagan Presidential Libraries

Jun 12, 2008

AUSTIN, TX and SIMI VALLEY, CA - Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson have extended invitations to Senators John McCain and Barack Obama to speak at Town Hall meetings in July.

These non-partisan meetings, to be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California and at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, will provide voters with an opportunity to hear the presumptive nominees discuss the issues together prior to the two National Conventions later this summer and the start of the traditional series of Presidential Debates in September and October of this year.

"The Reagan Library is honored to participate in this historic bi-partisan dialogue," said former first lady Nancy Reagan. "Ronnie always believed in the importance of face-to-face discussion on key issues that affect the American people.

"My father wanted the LBJ Library & Museum to always be a place where leaders of the day would come and deliberate the great issues of our time in order that we might better serve future generations," said Luci Baines Johnson.

Lynda Johnson Robb stated, "In the bipartisan spirit of the presidential library system, my father would be proud of this opportunity for Americans to embrace a Scripture verse he quoted often, 'Come, now, let us reason together.'"

These forums will be open to all media outlets. A respected, independent polling organization will be brought on to ensure that the audiences will represent a cross-section of the American people. Candidates will be given equal access to address key issues through audience questions.

More details will be announced at a later date.