Citing desire for closed press, McCain cancels low-selling fundraising event.

The McCain campaign has scaled back two fundraisers this week involving President Bush, claiming a policy of “closed press” for fundraising events:

The Arizona event, which was to be at the Phoenix Convention Center, was the first time Bush was to have appeared with McCain since their White House meeting in March.

A McCain aide said: “The McCain campaign has a policy that fundraising events are closed press. In keeping with that policy, the campaign requested the event be moved to a private home.”

Press concerns may have nothing to do with it. On Friday, the Phoenix Business Journal reported that the “event was not selling enough tickets to fill the Convention Center space, and that there were concerns about more anti-war protesters showing up outside the venue than attending the fundraiser inside.”