April 1st, 2008
07:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama, Clinton invited to Indiana debate

A new debate has been proposed in Indiana.
A new debate has been proposed in Indiana.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A consortium of Indiana television stations and newspapers has invited Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to appear at a debate in their state ahead of the May 6 primary.

The Indiana Debate Commission (http://www.indianadebatecommission.com/) offered April 24 as the date for the event – two days after the Pennsylvania primary – but noted in the invitations sent this week that “we can work with you on the dates.”

The debate would air live nationally on CNN and PBS and on public television stations statewide, and made available to every commercial broadcast station in Indiana.

“It is precisely for opportunities such as this that the Indiana Debate Commission was formed,” Kevin Finch, president of the commission and news director of CBS affiliate WISH-TV in Indianapolis, said in a statement. “We want to give Hoosiers the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates in an open debate before the historic May 6th Primary.”

In addition to the media organizations, the commission is comprised of citizen groups, including the League of Women Voters of Indiana and the Indiana Coalition for Open Government. Finch and Vice President Dennis Ryerson penned the invitation. Ryerson is the editor of the Indianapolis Star.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the commission had not yet heard from the campaigns.

soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Lauren

    good idea like thy havent had enough debates already

    April 1, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. Herman LA, CA

    NO MORE DEBATES PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!! STOP IT ALREADY...

    April 1, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. mimi de la cruz

    ANOTHER CHANCE FOR HILLARY TO TELL US, SHE HAS

    EXPERIENCE AND ANOTHER CHANCE FOR HER NOT TO BE ABLE TO

    TELL US EXACTLY , WHAT THAT IS. SHE HAS GOT TO HAVE THE

    MOST PADDED CHARACTER AND RESUME I HAVE EVER HEARD OF.

    April 1, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. OBAMA 08

    I HOPE THEY CAN BOTH ACCEPT. IT WILL BE MOST ENTERTAINING.

    April 1, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. allxdreamer

    Hillary and Obama should have a debate, since that is what they are doing is running in the Primary, duh!

    April 1, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. FrankSmith

    No more debates; these candidates are tired, so are the people..

    April 1, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. Sara from Arizona

    The Bosnia lie should disqualify this woman as a candidate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    No debate needed. Obama 08'

    April 1, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. obama 08

    i doubt clinton will say yes. she wouldnt come to the proposed north carolina primary unlike obama

    April 1, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. D.L.

    Hillary will do fine!!

    April 1, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. John

    Time allowing,I am sure that will be a very interesting debate. People pay more attention as events gear towards the conventions.Listening to Hillary and Obama debate will be rivetting.People will form educated and clarified decissions and opinions. We are all for it.I cannot wait.Hillary and Obama should go for it!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. marty from Indiana

    I find it hard to believe that people no longer care about the character of its leader. Let's imagine Hillary becomes President. She will spin and tell lies about everything. She did that when she and hubby were in the White House. Is that what we want, America? Come on Indiana.... think! We are supposed to be in the Bible belt. Values are supposed to matter in Indiana. Do we want someone in leadership whose whole life has been based on lying? She will teach our children that tell a lie is ok.

    April 1, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  12. jfh

    Michelle Obama said that any blacks that do not vote for her husband has inferiority complex!

    Let's talk about this CNN.

    or Kennedy-gate

    HILLARY 08

    April 1, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. HILLARY ALL THE WAY!!!

    Don't count on Obama he won't go for this after his butt is landslided in PA. GO HILLARY 08

    April 1, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  14. Asian Woman Democrat

    Another debate will surely showcase the difference between the two candidates: Obama – young and wise, presidentially smart, and articulately sane. Clinton – spiritedly confrontational, truth twister, and shamefully doing-anything to be anything to get voters but presidential.

    April 1, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  15. Brad

    finally we will get too hear Obama speak or stammer his own policies. Hopefully they won't be answers written down on cheat sheets that someone else did for him, just like his survey sheets. Come on Hillary , its time too kick this bum to the curb. You've got him beat on the issues. Now stick it to him. Now CNN lets don't post this either. Hillary 08

    April 1, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  16. WILL Even Vote for BUSH but Never Obama

    Let's see what excuse Obama comes up with......

    HILLARY '08

    April 1, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  17. Andy Duo

    I think there is no need for more dabate , kind of waste time now, I think Clinto should quit, period. To save time and focus for general election. We had Bill Clinton for 8 years in white house , NO NEED another Clinton, BE SAMART, NO FAMILY DICTATOR.

    April 1, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. An American in Canada

    It is time for Hillary to get rid of these "so called black supporters" they are nothing but turncoats.

    If I were her I would not trust any African-American supporter they seem to be deceptive and unscrupulous.

    The mantra among blacks is;

    If you black your're for Barack

    Do Not Trust Them!!!

    April 1, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  19. Phyllis

    Please somebody tell me why another debate is needed? Were the Hoosiers not listening to the first 20 open debates? Do they need another explanation about Rev. Wright and dogging bullets in Bosnia? Please just go vote your conscious.

    Obama '08

    April 1, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  20. dray

    Why bother to debate?... Clinton is a non-issue at this point. Let's just hold the primaries and see what happens. We already know where each stands with regards to the issues. We should be scheduling debates with McWar...not Rocky Balboa.

    April 1, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  21. Brandon

    Its time for people to wake-up and see that our Nation is dying! Stop fighting and do what's right , Mrs. Clinton is the right person to Nurse our Nation back on its feet!

    April 1, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  22. Bob

    Lou Dobbs has finally said what is on many of our mind. CNN and the media in general is bias towards O'Bama. We have no idea what he has done other than speak well and is against the war. Who is he ? How will he fix the economy ? A good debate would ask those questions

    April 2, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  23. xddy4u

    Enough already of these stupid debates. What purpose will this debate serve? Hillary trying to look more presidential? Or a rehash of the Rev. Wright's debacle? CNN is just trying to get some fodder. If you haven't made up your mind at this hour, you never will. Obama '08

    April 2, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
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