Wednesday, October 1, 2008

McCain event at Riverfront canceled

A watch party and post-debate event for John McCain at Riverfront Park was canceled by the campaign last night, meaning the candidate won’t be showing up on Lower Broadway after his Belmont appearance.

The cancellation came directly from the campaign, which said the appearance wouldn’t work with McCain’s schedule, said state Rep. Beth Harwell (R-Nashville), co-chair for McCain’s Tennessee campaign.

“We had moved it to the convention center, but it has been canceled,” Harwell said. “The campaign said he wouldn’t be able to do it.”

A Mississippi group had applied for a permit from Metro Parks on behalf of the McCain campaign in late August for “a large scale video presentation of the televised debate from Belmont University,” according to the application.

“The event will also likely have a musical act immediately following the debate and before the appearances of Senator John McCain,” the application read.

The fee for using Riverfront Park for such an event is about $1,000 per day.

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