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    NEW YORK - Republican John McCain is not going to make his election night remarks in the traditional style at a podium standing in front of a sea of campaign workers jammed into a hotel ballroom.
    Oh, the throng of supporters will hold the usual election night party at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix on the evening of Nov. 4.
    But the Republican presidential nominee plans to address another group of supporters and a small group of reporters on the hotel lawn; his remarks will be simultaneously piped electronically to the party inside and other reporters in a media filing center, aides said.
    Aides said Thursday that the arrangement was the result of space limitations and that McCain might drop by the election watch party at some other point.
    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 other guests will be physically present when McCain speaks.
    Thomas Patterson, a government professor at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, called the arrangement "unusual" but said the campaign may simply be bowing to the reality that the candidate's remarks are geared toward the televised audience rather than those in the hall.
    "Addressing your supporters election night is one of those traditions in politics, like where you choose to launch your campaign," Patterson said. "Why wouldn't you want the energy of the crowd? And if you're going to lose, you almost need it even more."
    With just 12 days left in the presidential contest, most polls show the Arizona senator trailing Democrat Barack Obama nationally and in most battleground states, although a new AP-GfK poll showed the race tightening a bit in the last few days.
    Obama, by contrast, plans to address a giant outdoor celebration election night in Chicago's Grant Park. The event is free and open to the public, but the campaign was charging media organizations a hefty fee for close-in spots on the camera risers and platforms and for cable and wireless Internet at those spots.

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    Sure it's a space issue. MMMMHHHMMMM, Yup, I buy that one.

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    I hope he has seen the handwriting on the wall...
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    Oh please, he couldn't fill a phonebooth.
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    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 other guests will be physically present when McCain speaks.
    If McCain manages to win he's going to feel like an idiot with just a small press pool.

    Obama, by contrast, plans to address a giant outdoor celebration election night in Chicago's Grant Park.
    I hope Obama's smart enough to wear a bulletproof vest that night. Who knows what some psycho may try.

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    ^^ Yeah, seriously.
    I think O should be more careful of where he picks to campaign at these last few days and be at during election night.

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