April 18th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton accepts Indiana debate invitation

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Hillary Clinton accepted an invitation Friday to debate Barack Obama in Indiana ahead of the state’s May 6 primary, at an event sponsored by the Indiana Debate Commission, CNN and PBS.

As of Friday, Obama had not committed to participate in the debate.

A senior Clinton aide said the New York senator would appear at the debate on April 24, two days after the Pennsylvania primary. The commission offered April 24 as one possible date for the event, but noted in the invitations sent to Clinton and Obama that “we can work with you on the dates.”

“We are looking forward to a good debate in Indiana,” said Howard Wolfson, Clinton’s communications director. “We hope that Senator Obama’s poor performance in Philadelphia does not dissuade him from doing future debates.”

Wolfson was critiquing Obama’s performance Wednesday night when the two Democratic presidential hopefuls squared off in Philadelphia at a debate televised on ABC.

A senior Obama aide said that no decision has been made whether or not the Illinois senator will accept the Indiana invitation.

“There have been 21 Democratic debates and four one-on-one debates with Senator Clinton, all televised nationally,” said Bill Burton, Obama’s communications director. “Our focus will be on meeting with voters in Indiana and hearing directly from them. We will make a decision about debates shortly.”

In the latest CNN Pennsylvania Poll of Polls, Obama is trailing Clinton by five points - four days before that state’s primary. Obama leads Clinton in the race for delegates as well as the overall popular vote.

In Indiana, there has not been enough polling for a CNN Indiana Poll of Polls. But a recent Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll showed that Obama had a five point lead over Clinton, although the survey had a four point margin of error.

The commission is a consortium of Indiana television stations and newspapers. 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.

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.


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  1. Rick

    I surely hope that Obama accepts this invitation for this debate. I also hope that this time he will not stutter as much and hopefully get out his ideas. I worry when I see him unscripted and he doesn't formulate his answers well.

    There haven't been enough debates with just the two of them.

    I hope that the next debate can be about substantive issues. I really want to hear THEM debate and not the moderators.

    I really want to support you Obama because it feels like you are going to win, but so far I have not been given what I need to go away from Clinton. She has solid policies that are more thought out than yours. Convince me to change my mind.

    April 18, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  2. Lieutenant Colonel Fred

    CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS CRAP?

    “We are looking forward to a good debate in Indiana,” said Howard Wolfson, Clinton’s communications director. “We hope that Senator Obama’s poor performance in Philadelphia does not dissuade him from doing future debates.”

    See this kind of stuff is exactly what Senator Obama is talking about...notice how Wolfson had to make a snide remark. Clinton's campaign is just following the lead of it's leader and Hillary is just this type of person to want to take the LOW road.

    April 18, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  3. JacknJill

    I am sick and tired of Hillary saying "One more of this..." "One more of that..."
    Hillary, your numbers are DWINDLING! Get it?
    You're done.
    The timer's going off.
    Don't burn yourself completely up.
    You get uglier and uglier as a public servant every day.
    It's never been about the USA, it's now apparent it's only about YOU!
    We don't WANT YOU!

    April 18, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  4. jimmy vekmen

    DEBATING THE CRUCIAL ISSUES FACING OUR TROUBLED COUNTRY IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE FOR THE ELECTORATE
    IN MAKING SOUND, KNOWLEGEABLE AND RATIONAL DECISIONS IN CHOOSING THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE. i FIND THIS ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR THE VERY MANY YOUNG VOTERS WHO HAVE BEEN SWAYED BY LOFTY RHETORIC AND NOT HAVING BENN WELL INFORMED ON THE QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENTIAL JUDGEMENTS OF THE CANDIDATES. tHERE IS SO MUCH UNKNOWN ABOUT OBAMA. HIS WIFE IS EVEN LESS QUALIFIED.
    wHAT DOES oBAMA OFFER AMERICA ASIDE FROM OPPOSING THE IRAQ WAR. WE NEED TO KNOW MORE OF THE TWO DEMOCRATS FROM THEIR OWN WORDS AND REMARKS/ANSWERS TO THE PROBLEMS FACING OUR GREAT COUNTRY.. WE DO NOT NEED TO GO BACK OVER AND OVER THE
    PAST MISTAKES OF BOTH CANDIDATES. WE WANT TO KNOW WHO IS BETTER QUALIFIED. iNDIANA DEBATE SHOULD TELL US SOME
    MORE OF THE CANDIDATES STATURE.

    April 18, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  5. Rob

    Thats like asking a guy, he we threw *hit at you last time, can we do it again??

    PS. Wolfson is a d-bag. I hope hes unemployed for along time after this election.

    April 18, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  6. Marc

    You Obama people are such sheep! Now that he's whining about having to debate more, you're all parroting him, screaming "No More Debates!" Is this how Barack will practice diplomacy? I thought he was willing to talk to anyone but now he's too chicken to even go up against Clinton. Totally boggles the mind how this coward is winning. Well, when he runs this country into the toilet, don't blame me.

    April 19, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  7. bernice

    He is a Gentleman.

    April 19, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  8. Paul

    Oh for cying out loud.

    To those of you who are demanding to "know more" about Obama's past connections and about what he thinks, I'll say it again slowly: Go... read... his... books. Go... read... the... transcripts... of... the... twenty... one... debates... they... have... had... already.

    It's all there. He's giving you the answers. Are you listening?

    April 19, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  9. Montanan's Love Barack Obama

    No MORE.DEBATEs... There have already been... 21....

    We want a UNITER..... NOT a Fighter........

    fighting is Old.....

    Mud Slinging is Old.....

    The only ones getting rich of debates are news companies... STOP THE DEBATEs........ I am sick of them and so are so many of Americans..

    We already know both candidates agree to disagree and the two are aliken in the many of the same issues.. The only reason Hill jumped on it was to use it as a platform to continue in the race.. AND.. let's face it.. she is toast. Her ABC rating on their web page had her at about 11,000 votes and Barack was at 33,000.00 .. We don't need to see these things hashed out anymore..

    Life is good .. let's move on and just campaign out on the trail..

    News flash... MONTANA SPORTSMAN JUST ANNOUNCED THEIR ENDORSEMENT OF BARACK OBAMA...

    Let's see: 37 past and present legislators and one county attorney and a whole bunch of people clinging to the guns... Doesn't sound bitter in Montana.. Sounds like we are one the right track.

    Barack will Montana June 3rd. don't forget we made a difference with Conrad Burns getting the boot and changing the senate.
    Montana Rocks

    Yes We Can...... stop the debates..

    April 19, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
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