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Clinton, Obama to Debate in N.C.

Posted March 13, 2008 6:58 p.m. EDT
Updated March 13, 2008 10:57 p.m. EDT

— Democratic presidential contenders Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been invited to hold a nationally televised debate in North Carolina next month.

Debate host CBS News said Thursday Obama had accepted, and the network was awaiting word on whether Clinton would participate.

"CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric and political correspondent and "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer will moderate the April 19. Its location has yet to be determined.

Clinton and Obama also will debate in Philadelphia on April 16. The Pennsylvania debate, which comes six days before that state's primary, will be hosted by ABC.

North Carolina and Pennsylvania are the last major states to hold primaries, with 188 delegates up from grabs in Pennsylvania and 134 in North Carolina.