Vying for face time with the candidates

O'Reilly books Obama; McCain cancels with King

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The booking wars crescendoed Tuesday, with the McCain campaign canceling a planned interview with CNN's Larry King and Barack Obama finally agreeing to a visit to the "no-spin zone."

The McCain camp was upset about an exchange Monday night between CNN anchor Campbell Brown and a McCain operative over questions of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's foreign policy and military experience.

"I'd like to know what one decision was" that Palin made commanding the Alaska National Guard, Brown asked Tucker Bounds. (See video below.)

CNN's interview with McCain on "Larry King Live" was canceled, with reports tying the cancellation to the interview. McCain was still to appear on ABC's "World News With Charles Gibson" with the interview scheduled to be done Wednesday. NBC's Brian Williams interviewed McCain on Sunday night when the Republican was in Mississippi for an update on Gustav.

Meanwhile, Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly announced at the end of Tuesday night's show that Obama would appear on Thursday night's "The O'Reilly Factor."

No further details were available, although O'Reilly has been trying to get that interview for several months. Obama had for months avoided going on "Fox News Sunday," prompting anchor Chris Wallace to begin an "Obama watch."

Not so for O'Reilly, who earlier this year also interviewed Obama's primary rival, Hillary Clinton.