And that forum looks as if it will make history twice by being outside New York City.
Forum organizer John Dearie said that the most likely scenario now emerging was a forum in Philadelphia with McCain in attendance on a day early in June.
Dearie said Tuesday that there were “pretty strong” indications that the second part of the forum – Senator Hillary Clinton spoke at a forum in New York last month – would happen.
Dearie said he believed a decision from the McCain campaign was “imminent.”
Once the presidential race had been reduced to four candidates: Clinton, Barack Obama, McCain and Mike Huckabee, invitations to the forum were sent out to the respective campaigns.
Huckabee is no longer in the White House race.
And there has been no firm indication from the Obama camp as yet whether or not the Illinois senator will attend what is being label this year as the “flexible forum.”
The presidential forums date back to 1984 when that year’s Democratic candidate Walter Mondale spoke at a gathering in the Bronx.
The event has been held every presidential election year since then with the exception of 2004.