Barack Obama's campaign is planning widespread surrogate events today to focus on John McCain's answer to a question about how many houses he and his wife owned. McCain said he'd have his staff answer the question later.
Now, The New Republic reports that Obama's campaign has sent out a list of 16 surrogate events to focus on the issue, including several in MidwestPolitics.com states.
Among the events:
LA CROSSE, WI: State Rep. Jen Shilling and La Crosse Obama supporters host a news conference on McCain losing track of how many homes he owns.Separate from the house-related events, Obama's campaign also announced a swing state tour leading up to next week's Democratic National Convention in Denver. The tour includes stops in Eau Claire, Wis., on Sunday and the Quad Cities area of Iowa on Monday.
MADISON, WI: Former US Senator Jean Carnahan holds event in Madison with Women For Obama where she will talk about McCain losing track of how many homes he owns.
DES MOINES, IA: Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius campaigns in Des Moines this afternoon where she will discuss McCain losing track of how many homes he owns.
ST. PAUL, MN: State Senator Tarryl Clark discusses McCain losing track of how many homes he owns.
OH: Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen will talk about McCain losing track of how many homes he owns at events throughout southeast Ohio
MI: Campaign for Change offices across Michigan are launching a "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: McCain Edition" contest where volunteers will be able to win a free "Exxon-McCain" bumper-sticker if they correctly guess the number of houses John McCain owns. Prizes will be only be awarded after McCain clarifies exactly how many houses he owns. To win, the answer must be specific -- "at least four" doesn't count.