April 23rd, 2008
04:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton camp launches Obama 'Debate Watch'

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton’s campaign has increased its efforts to pressure Barack Obama to agree to more debates.

On Wednesday, they sent reporters a press release titled “Debate Watch: Day 1,” as part of their continuing effort to focus attention on Obama’s reluctance to schedule more primary season showdowns.

During a rally in Hillsborough, North Carolina Wednesday afternoon, former President Bill Clinton, standing on the back of a pick-up truck, told voters: “I think I know the answer to why one candidate wants to debate, ‘cuz I saw the debate in Pennsylvania. And afterwards, 41 percent of the voters saw it. And by 55 to 22, they said Hillary won.”

Earlier this week, a proposed North Carolina debate was cancelled after Obama’s team said the Illinois senator would not be able to find time in his schedule.

“It's not clear that another debate is going to be the best use of our time,” Obama told CNN’s Roland Martin Wednesday.

The Obama campaign says that the candidates have met in more than 20 primary season debates. But the Clinton camp counters that only four of those meetings have been one-on-one.

“Hoosiers are going to be disappointed if [the debate] doesn’t happen,” said Sen. Evan Bayh, a Clinton supporter. Clinton herself told an Indiana crowd that "some people" think the voters are tired of debates but she disagrees.

Hillary Clinton was widely viewed as having a stronger performance at last week’s debate than Obama, which her campaign said contributed to her success with late-deciding voters.

Both North Carolina and Indiana vote May 6.

soundoff (368 Responses)
  1. JD

    21 isn't enough?

    I guess it's not, when you can't raise a quarter of the money your opponent can. You need all the free media you can get.

    April 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Grif

    The Power Logic...

    April 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. Ladyleo

    We are sick of the debates? and I hope Obama says NO.

    April 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Soupy

    Yeah, and Obama won all the other debates. He's been saying "enough debates" for months now. Give it a rest.

    April 23, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. mjaber

    Obama has a packed schedual. He can't find time for everything.

    April 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Alice

    Don't do it Barack !

    [fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me . . . ]

    April 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Ray in JAX

    stfu, you lying hag

    April 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. James

    Go to the ABC website and see who the viewers said won the debate. It's three to one in favor of Obama.

    Maybe you're correcting for the three to one ganging up on him at the debate. Really, is there any media event lately that doesn't feature an ex-Clinton press secretary or lawyer as analyst?

    April 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. Jonathan W Smith

    The next debate I want to see is the OBAMA – MCCAIN debate!!

    Obama '08

    April 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Cindy in California

    This is another pitiful attempt on the part of the Clintons to smear Obama. If they truly want a debate why are they being so rude as to get the media involved. When she turned him down for a debate he did not get the media involved and try to smear her. She does not know how to take the high road.

    April 23, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. Blake

    MOMENT OF TRUTH appeareance would be great Hilary. It would be up there with the women who lied about thinking that she was a good person. That would be entertainment and enlightenment.

    April 23, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Sharon

    How many debates do you want Hillary? Just so you can spew some more lies?

    You're pathetic.

    April 23, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Sue

    The ABC debate was a hit job on Obama. No more debates.

    Go OBAMA !!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. mark

    Hillary Clinton literally makes me feel physically ill! She is so fake and dishonest...her approval ratings are almost as low as Bush's nationwide...she is not the right candidate to win in November...

    April 23, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Patrick

    Why didn't Hillary agree to the earlier NC debate? Hmm? This is a stupid issue. No one wants another "gotcha" debate. Maybe Hill and Bill should go play "gotcha" together back in Arkansas where they belong.

    April 23, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. Yes we can!

    Another Debate or another Attack...no one will be disappointed if there's not another debate....i dont have 45 minutes to wastes on non-issues.....who care's about flagpins or who's your pastor or the bitter comments, which by the way depending on who you're talking to, those comments can go either way.....that last debate, he should have took his microphone off and walked off the stage and said "when you're ready to talk about the issues" give me a call.....if you want to beat Obama, than beat him on the issues, because he's already showed great character, strength, courage and yes HOPE!!!!!....polls show people are over the controversies....you want to keep bringing them up because that's all you have to hang on to...he will win NC by 15% and Indiana it's up to you to shut this thing down and do what PA couldn't so we can concentrate on the general election and having the best candidate in the white house Barak Obama!

    April 23, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Jenn

    Run and hide is the name of the game.
    This is an election and we want to hear more find out more about you.

    April 23, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Shannon

    Obama is afraid to say anything that isn't scripted and written by someone else. He's a phony

    April 23, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. Bernie Moore-Knowles

    HRC? What could the voters possibly learn from another debate? Hmmm...............that you are arrogant and untrustworthy? H...................we already know that.

    Bernie Moore-Knowles
    Papa'aloa, Hawai'i

    April 23, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    How about a bill collection watch for Hillary's debts!

    April 23, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Jenn

    have your rallies but no substance

    April 23, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. hillary is awesome

    you can take jabs at hillary all you want. The REP have already started attacking Obama. Hillary's race looks clean compared to what Obama has to come. So he should be thanking Clinton for showing him what its like to have to fight for something you want.

    Hillary 08

    April 23, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Lightning

    Maybe we can get some unbiased moderators. That ABC debate was the biggest load of garbage I've ever seen.

    April 23, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. PA

    I saw the debate. Nobody won. The American public lost. No more debates!

    April 23, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  25. Dirty Dirty South

    This will make it the 22nd debate! GET IT RIGHT!!
    Watch the folks from the LOSER CAMP "TRY" to spin this!
    21 Debates so far! THATS TWENTY ONE ding bats!
    NO MORE DEBATES! Hillary cannot survive if Obama dont speak cuz last debate she COPIED his reply ~ Its the president who gives the orders and the generals follow that order!
    HilBag fatbut is looking for something to copy so all you Hil bots posting below GET A LIFE!!!!

    Knock it out the box O!

    April 23, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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