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.