This is my sixth presidential campaign, and without a doubt John McCain is the most consistently accessible candidate when it comes to the news media.
Daily "availabilities" are a staple of the senator's schedule; often these are held on his campaign plane or bus, sometimes just at the edge of the press area in the back of the room after a speech or town hall meeting.
It is unquestionably part of his political appeal -- even critics applaud his willingness to take questions on any subject. Some of these same critics also suggest McCain gets more favorable press because he is so accessible, and because he so clearly enjoys both the serious exchanges and playful banter that punctuate his relationship with the media. Read full article »