Hatch Calls For Joint Campaign Appearances

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com)- Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), a Republican candidate for President, sent out a letter Friday to the other Republican presidential candidates in hopes of setting up a joint presidential candidate bus tour through Iowa and New Hampshire next month.

The idea is for the candidates to travel, town to town by bus, without campaign handlers and answering voters questions in an "open format"

Hatch had also brought up the idea at the close of Thursday night's candidate debate in New Hampshire. He said Friday his idea is a "serious one"

In the letter, Hatch said, "We must admit that the debates and forums we have attended thus far have not been particularly enlightening for the voters. We spend too much time in advance arguing about formats. We huddle with our advisors, preparing and scripting our answers. The results are just what you might expect, forums that are too stilted, too scripted and yes, too boring. Worst of all, they accomplish little to help the American people make a choice about who can best lead our party and ultimately our nation"

"After four debates, it is clear who lost: the American people. In good times and in crisis, the Presidency cannot be scripted. Let us all get together on one bus, leave the advisors behind and go town to town, with no format, and truly campaign, " Hatch said.

Hatch also said in his letter that his campaign officials would be in touch with officials of the other Republican presidential campaigns to further discuss his joint campaigning idea.