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

Obama, Clinton invited to Indiana debate

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/01/art.obamaclintondeb.gi.jpg caption="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. Djools from the Netherlands

    We don't need antoher debate between them. We want them to cooperate. That means Hillary should take the veep job.

    April 1, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Sly in Seattle

    we dont need anymore debates.. geez!

    April 1, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Michael

    Hopefully Barack can schedule in the time to have the debate.

    April 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. California girl

    Hillary, say Yes to a debate! You are an amazing woman and always have a quick intelligent answer to all questions asked of you first.

    You are our future President!

    Hillary 08

    April 1, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. Festus, Montana

    . . . .April 24 is not a good date to hold the debate. Bill and Hillary
    will probably be answering fraud charges in California around that time.

    April 1, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. Another fed up woman

    Good let's now get back to the issues. The Lou Dobb's show tonight is the only thing on the media circuit focusing on the truth–the media is skewing the race toward Obama and going unchallenged–well, at this point!. Go Lou! I went out and purchased you book. The truth be told.

    April 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. Rene F

    Good. Clinton will wipe the floor with him. Obama is an extremely poor debater. He stumbles or simply says "I agree with Hillary". Please debate. Please, please, please debate!

    April 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. MenLieWomenLieNumbers Dont

    Can we have one and this time let the moderators focus on the Issue I know the Democratic Nominee Barack Obama can use this opportunity to hit the republicans and give us more insight on his policies ... also keep the pressure on the GOP camp

    April 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Wendy

    I think both candidates should attend the debate, but only if the debate is moderated by people who are truly objective. I'm so sick of watching debates that lean heavily in favor of one candidate, while making the other appear stupid or....worse...incompetent.

    The media has been so biased in their favoring of one candidate that I can't trust them to put on an objective and fair debate. We can always listen to the slanted and biased opinions of the pundits after the debate.

    April 1, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. Emily

    NO MORE DEBATES!!!!! WE'RE SICK OF THEM.....................

    April 1, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. Tom , Flagstaff, AZ

    I just hope that the debate moderators will ask her about her BIG LIE: that she arrived in Bosnia under sniper fire. Then, when she responds with "Ho, ho, ho, I was just so tired when I said that" the moderators will remind her that she said it numerous times–and in fact wrote it too, in her so-called memoirs. Memoirs? No, it's "My Life as I Choose to Tell It so that You Will Vote for Me for President." Big lies come from big liars.

    April 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. Public eye

    Yes we need to have another debate in Indiana. First question on the agenda should be, "Will you endorse the winning candidate and unite all of your supporters by persuading them to vote for the winning candidate in November, or let them cast spiteful votes by voting for McCain?"

    April 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  13. Susan S.

    I'm not too interested in hearing another debate, in the formats already done – they've debated 20 times already. It would be interesting to hear them take questions from the public, just call-in like on C-SPAN and compare their answers.

    Not that I need any help making up my mind.

    Obama 08 & 12!

    April 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. clara

    i hope hillary will except because oboma won't want to

    April 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. SUE, Michigan

    Now this is a good idea...give the moderators a chance to ask about current lies from Obama, and give the candidates a chance to express their ideas. Anyone who calls Hillary a liar better start reading Newsweek, which has the latest lies from Obama all laid out for you...about his commercials saying he doesn't take oil money (he does) and that he takes no money from lobbyists (he does.) Now I ask you, which lies give you pause...lies about a trip 12 years ago, or recent lies about campaign financing? Face it, they all lie about something....it just depends what you feel constitutes an "important" lie. Frankly, I heard enough lies regarding Pastor Wright to convince me that Obama is not electable...the Republicans will have a field day with him.

    April 1, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Obama 08

    Why CNN keeps deleting any comment in favor of Hillary? Trying to help Obama?

    April 1, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. Lorette Phillips

    I am sure Hillary Clinton would love to debate Obama in Indiana . I am not so sure Obama would be happy about another debate. Isn't he the one who said enough with the debates and isn't he the one who wanted Hillary to end the race. Well now that he knows that's not happening of course he is saying He wants her to keep going (but we know the truth) Hillary should stay in this race until the very very end no matter what anyone has to say . Also you would think that Obama who claims to be a patriotic American would want the votes to count from Florida and Michigan . Personally I don't think he's much of an American at all if he is not interested in fighting for the voters right to have there vote counted in both Florida and Michigan. How would he like it if we said his vote wont count.

    April 1, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Richard in Texas

    They have different personalities, but there policies are almost identical. If you don't know who you are going to vote for by now, how much will this help.

    April 1, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Tim in Arkansas

    I would love to see Obama outdue Hillary in another debate!! Maybe she'll cry again for not winning. Maybe she'll blame the media again for not winning. Maybe she'll blame Florida and Michigan for voting too earlier and loosing their delegates. Maybe she'll blame Pastor Wright. There's just no telling who Hillary will blame for her not winning the race. But she'll never blame Bill, Monica Lewinsky, or herself.

    Obama 08

    April 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. Seth

    Even Clinton's own people say she has to win Pennsylvania convincingly in order to even stay in this race. Things aren't looking good...

    "The latest...telephone survey in Pennsylvania shows Clinton leading Barack Obama by just five percentage points, 47% to 42%. For Clinton, that five-point edge is down from a ten-point lead a week ago, a thirteen-point lead in mid-March and a fifteen-point advantage in early March." – from Rasmussen Reports.

    There are still more than 2 weeks before that primary. If that trends continues, Hillary might not only miss her "convincing" win, she may lose. Either way, you may not see her in Indiana.

    April 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Bizarro Election Cycle

    Why Wolf Blitzer, a soft-ball CNN anchor (and centerist secretly enamored with the Clintons), beholden to producers and candidates for his bread and butter was EVER a debate moderator is beyond me. He IS NOT The League of Woman Voters, who I always remember in my youth as running very fair and informative debates. I would welcome this change in moderators as a possibility to actually providing a 'fair and balanced' content to the event. More opportunity for Obama to get his messages out and an opportunity to see Hillary backpeddle on her hypocritical claims of voting disenfranchisement in a national venue, face to face with her Party's presumptive nominee (or for the public to view her most desperate act of selfish arrogance, yet).

    April 1, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. citizenwells

    Obama was absent from the Illinois Senate
    on November 4, 1999. His name was on 2 bills
    mentioned during that session.
    Does anyone know where Obama was on November 4?

    April 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. nnachi

    lets stop this rubish

    April 1, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  24. Al

    Please not another debate!!!

    April 1, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. Dave

    .Enough with the debates. There have been 20 of them. This sounds like something Hillary Clinton is pushing. The losing campaign is always wanting more debates.

    April 1, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
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