McCain, Obama suiting up for ‘Monday Night Football’

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Given the late-campaign vitriol that’s surfacing during campaign rallies, Chris Berman might do well to carry a referee’s whistle and a yellow flag during planned interviews with John McCain and Barack Obama that will run at halftime of the ‘Monday Night Football’ game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the host Washington Redskins.

Berman will anchor the broadcast from the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn. McCain and Obama will phone it in from the road, where both candidates are expected to continue their campaigning well into Monday night.


The interviews will be taped via satellite earlier on Monday and are slated to air at approximately 7:15 p.m. Pacific.

“We worked with our partners at the NFL to schedule a ‘Monday Night Football’ game in Washington on this special night, and this presents a unique opportunity for John McCain and Barack Obama to reflect upon the last few months and address a large primetime audience on the final day of the campaigns,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, production.

No word on whether the ‘Swami’ will weigh in with a prediction on which candidate is going to go all the way to the White House.

-- Greg Johnson