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Clinton Agrees to N.C. Debate

Posted April 3, 2008

— Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has agreed to a debate in North Carolina before the May 6 primary.

In a conference call Thursday afternoon, Clinton said she would debate Barack Obama on April 27 in a debate sponsored by CBS News. The location of the debate hadn't been decided.

Obama earlier said he would debate Clinton on April 19. But Clinton didn't agree to the date, noting that night is the beginning of the Passover observance among Jewish people.

It was unclear Thursday whether Obama would agree to the April 27 debate.

"We had proposed a debate in North Carolina before the 22nd of April. Apparently, the Clinton folks vetoed that," Obama spokesman Dan Leistikow said in a statement. "We haven't made a decision whether the later date fits into our schedule."

NC State University and the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte are possible sites for the debate, said Kerra Bolton, a spokeswoman for the state Democratic party.

North Carolina is seen by many political observers as a critical state in the tight race for the Democratic nomination. Both Clinton and Obama have visited the state in the past two weeks to stake out positions on issues and woo voters.

Clinton also announced a new series of campaign commercials that would be generated by questions from North Carolina residents.

"I'm committed to hearing from voters across the Tar Heel State," she said. "I want to know what keeps you up at night (and) what you're thinking about every morning."

The campaign has launched a Web site, www.NCAskMe.com, where voters can pose questions about issues. Clinton said she would choose a different question each week to feature in a 60-second television spot.

Ace Smith, Clinton's campaign director in North Carolina, called the ad campaign "a unique experiment in democracy." The first ad, in which Clinton requests questions from voters, will begin airing Friday, he said.


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  • twixandbetwwen Apr 4, 2008

    After I thought further about where they should have the debate, I came up with the solution. It is my belief that the debate should be held at Spiveys Corners because not many humans are going to attend; consequenting the major hearers would be the hogs in the factory hog houses and they could care less.

  • bs101fly Apr 3, 2008

    yes, we very much like chunking poo at Hilary. She's the queen of lies and well, I need a nap.

  • Through a glass darkly Apr 3, 2008

    Reading these comments is very similar to walking by the monkey house at the zoo and seeing the monkeys throwing poo. It would be funny if it wasn't so disgusting.

  • whatusay Apr 3, 2008

    Do we have snipers in NC? Where and why did Hillary dream up such a lie. Another debate will not help her. She has told too many lies to Democratic voters. Not sure Obama wants to get involved in the mud-slinging accusations and lies from the Clintons this close to the NC primary.

  • TUAlpha93 Apr 3, 2008

    Please, not another debate. I can't sit and listen to Barack and Hillary talk about the nuances of their health care plans for another 2 hours. Since there are really no differences in policy between these two candidates, all we’d hear about is Rev. Wright and Hillary’s Bosnia lie in different forms for 2 hours. Another debate would be a bad, bad idea.

  • wildervb Apr 3, 2008

    I say let's have it Raleigh. Not everyone in this city is small minded.

  • twixandbetwwen Apr 3, 2008

    "Liberville", that town 29 miles West of Raleigh is the best place to have this debate. Maybe, charles Kuralt can rise from from the grave and moderate as they debate in front of 'the bell tower' and the olde well. My only hope is that they don't taint the clean air in Raleigh and environs. We people in Raleigh are still getting over the stench from the last demo president pair to come to Raleigh, and that was "John Boy" Edwards and j. Kerry. Put it any where you want to, but not in Raleigh.

  • wcnc Apr 3, 2008

    Neither candidate answers questions when asked, so I wouldn't think they'd start now!!

    While I am no fan of Obama, I would dread Hill and Bill back in the White House. With them, we know what we'd get. I don't know if Obama would be a good Pres, I just know I don't agree with him on the issues. But then again, the Pres is more of a figuredhead and can't get anything going if it doesn't get through Congress and they can't seem to do much of anything....

  • lost hope Apr 3, 2008

    This is the least news worthy item I have heard. Maybe John Edwards would agree to be the moderator.

  • Redd Apr 3, 2008

    I'm sick of Hillary too! Go Barack!! Much love to you!!!