Twain museum invites Obama, McCain to debate

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 | 7:25 p.m. CDT

HANNIBAL — It may be a longshot, but the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal is asking the presidential contenders to come to Hannibal for a debate  — with Stephen Colbert as the moderator.

The museum says it has invited Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain to a town hall-style debate. No date has been announced, but Colbert's staff provided dates when he is available if the candidates should accept.

Museum board member Cindy Lovell says the debate is in keeping with the spirit of Twain, who spent his childhood in Hannibal and who often commented on politics.

The museum says that since Twain often used humor in his political commentary, Colbert would be the perfect fit for moderator.



Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.