SPRINGFIELD, MO.--In the last stages of his presidential campaign, Barack Obama has not held a formal press conference (something announced, more than just a chance for the pool to shout questions) for a week and a half. The last one was in Richmond, Va.
Now, with prodding from ABC NEWS' Jake Tapper, Obama said there will be one on Wednesday. That news nugget triggered a blast e-mail from the Republican National Committee with its latest edition of "Audacity Watch"
What happened is this: On the tarmac here Sunday morning, leather jacketed Tapper managed to get the candidate's attention with a shouted question: (Tapper is calling these "Sams" as a tribute to Sam Donaldson.)
ABC News: Senator Obama, what would you tell your Treasury Secretary do differently with the $700 billion?!
ABC News: It's a substantive question!
Obama: It is! But Jake, we're on a tarmac! That's a pretty good question!
ABC News: Have a press conference then!
Obama: I will! On Wednesday!
Obama walks up the stairs to his plane.
Obama spokesman Linda Douglass said later on the plane en route from Springfield to Columbus, Ohio that the Wednsday mention was merely a "place keeper."