UPDATE 5:54 P.M. MCCAIN CAMPAIGN SAYS NOTHING SET IN STONE YET; KY3 GOV. DEBATE COULD COMPLICATE VISIT
Two G.O.P. sources tell the KY3 Political Notebook that Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will visit the Ozarks next Friday.
The sources say Palin will most likely stop in Springfield, but the campaign is also contemplating an Interstate 44 tour that could involve two stops. Both stops would be in the Ozarks. Both Joplin and Springfield are being considered.
McCain Regional Press Secretary Wendy Riemann says no visit is yet set in stone, and that the schedule remains fluid. Riemann adds that there's a push to get McCain or Palin into the state within next week, but that no Springfield visit is confirmed on her schedule yet.
ANOTHER G.O.P. SOURCE ADDS: KY3's Scheduled Debate for Governor next Friday between Kenny Hulshof and Jay Nixon could complicate the planning for a Palin visit. "Does the G.O.P. really want to step on Kenny on Friday? They need to rework this."
Official itinerary and details are still being worked out. Presidential campaign schedules a week before any visit this close to the election are extremely fluid.
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