Residents in Oxford open homes for presidential debates - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Chip Washington

Residents in Oxford open homes for presidential debates

OXFORD, MS (WMC-TV) - John McCain and Barack Obama will meet face to face in on the campus of Ole' Miss during their first presidential debate, homeowners in Oxford are looking to make some quick cash by giving up a little personal space.

"I think that everyone is really excited about hosting and...you know we're a little town but we want to look good on TV," Oxford resident Marge McCauley said.

Jim and Marge McCauley are offering the downstairs portion of their home to any 'media type' covering the debate who might want a room with a view.

The Oxford Chamber of Commerce said more than 800 people have offered their properties for rent during the debate. Since this a first, no one knows quite what to expect.

"We're winging it. We're just good ole' Southern people who like to have somebody in, host, them, meet them, and make sure they have a good time," Jim McCauley said.

The McCauleys are Chairpersons of the Presidential Debate housing committee, which has its own website and it's own rules.

For instance, no one can charge more than $500 dollars per day per property.   

If you're interested in renting the McCauleys' space, it runs $325.00 per day and comes with two bedrooms, a bathroom, living area with big screen TV, and a lakeside view. If you behave, you might get something extra.

"I just hope we get somebody we like, that we can sit down and have coffee with and maybe give them a breakfast if we like them," the McCauleys said.


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