April 23rd, 2008
04:05 PM ET
13 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. New Yorker

    It's a very tough situation for Obama. Many Americans aren't grown up enough to accept a black man in the top job, many of Hillary tactics are sanctioned by the media because they might be feeling that she's 'putting him in his place'. He on the other hand can easilly slip into 'victim' mode like many blacks because of the burden of slavery and abuse. Guess who's brilliantly exploiting this? You guessed it, Hillary. Well done senator, I admire your cunning but you'll never get my vote.

    April 23, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. You guys are nuts

    Just how is Hillary destroying the democratic party? This is a free country and she has every right to run the same as Obama has. In fact, Obama is an upstart from nowhere with no experience so why on earth would Hillary not run against him. He has not closed the deal in the first place, and in the second place he is the one who will bring the party down if he does get the nomination. The general election will not be democrate against democrate, it will be against a Republican and they will laugh in his face when he starts to whine.

    April 23, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. Greg

    Hillary needs to climb the Empire State Building and jump off in a paper sack!!

    April 23, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Lake Hart - A Native American Writer

    Hillary and Bill Clinton never plays fair ! For public servants, after 30 plus fantastic years of the ideal lifestyle, pension and other benefits – how about $107, 000,000.00, 'THE BEST GOD DARN BUSINESS' – never before for public servants in the USA. Do you wonder why the Clintons are clinging on, to make the history book, to leave a second Trust Account so that Chelsie may go on to the Oval Office – $1,000,000,000 "Book Deal." The bottom line the Clintons are CLINGONS – they are a has been – immoral bunch. Sincerely, Lake Hardat, a Native American Writer.

    April 23, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. California Girl

    Obama does not debate because he doesn't have a Plan or Solutions for our country!

    April 23, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. NoMoreClintons

    How can America be so naive to vote for this woman? Those that are supporting her deserves everything they get if she and her husband get back in the White House. Too bad the rest of us will have to suffer because of it. We don't want to hear you complaining about them once they have bullied themselves back in the White House during The Clinton Years – Part 3, with their stealing and wheeling and dealing. I will be telling people like you the same thing I've been able to say these past 7 years, "I didn't vote for him, you did, serves you right, now live with it".

    April 23, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. Lee

    If the last ABC debate is what Hillary has in mind, I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole if I was Barack. When debate moderators are old Clinton media advisors and when such moderators are clearly biased against Barack, it's just an old Clinton con job, plain and simple. Hillary is on the ropes, so may as well leave her there with her misguided view of her inherent right to be the Democratic nominee. Time for her to retire into the sunset with big Bill and the rest of his old cronies.

    April 23, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Ditch the Clintons 08

    Billary is a really good liar and some people are suckers for her lies. Obama, I suggest you ditch the Democratic Party and run as an indepenent. Leave the pieces for Billary, she has destroyed and divided the party just to get what she thinks she deserves. The Democratic Party and her deserve eachother.

    April 23, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. Noah

    Please Barack dont lower your standards.....that is a joke. Please, this is an election. He needs to address questions, and he needs to be able to answer them on the spot without a planned speech. Obama has proved over and over in debates that he has no command on the issues. So I agree Obama, don't debate Hillary..It would be pretty sad to see her knock you out yet again.

    Obama will destroy the democratic party. He has some questions that need to be answered, and not with retoric.

    April 23, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. LT, Cumming, GA

    Obama does not want another debate because he is afraid of making another blunder. He cannot speak truthfully without having had his speeach well prepared. He is fake and it is time for America to react before it is too late.
    We have had an inexperienced president for 8 years now, and we cannot afford another one.
    Words don't run the country, action will.

    Hillary 08

    April 23, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Lake Hart - A Native American Writer

    Hello Moderator ! I am here, am I not? You must love power over little people, like savages! Lake.

    April 23, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. Kimmie

    Please no more debates. Let's move on to the issues at hand

    April 23, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. Bob Delaware OH

    TOO LATE: Electing a woman or african-american NOW (and just why now?) will not erase what has already happened....230 years of evil discrimination.

    April 23, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. Gobama

    Maybe he's tired of answering stupid questions.
    Hillary, the american people are tired of politicians who take the low road, we've had one in charge for the last eight years.
    it's time for change, and you obviously are not going to bring it.

    April 23, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. Jack in ND

    The most wonderful thing about this whole process is that the Clinton legacy has absolutely crashed and burned. The vast majority of African Americans have gone from Clinton love to Clinton loathe. Even if Obama doesn't become president, thee will be no more of that silly "Clinton was the first Black president" garbage. They've seen the real Bill Clinton now, and they don;t like what they see.

    This is all worth it if only for that.

    April 23, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. annie

    Just read some of the above comments and part of the people with the Obamaism disease say BHO won all the previous debates and part of the infected Obamaism people say the debates were fixed. So what is it? Did he win? Or was it fixed so Hillary won? Know wonder you people are for BHO you are just like him, can't keep your stories straight. In all the debates but this last one, they asked Hillary questions first then asked BHO and his reply was always the same "I agree with what she said" Now do you really think he would make a good leader?

    April 23, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Greg

    I am now convinced that Hillary is an embred.

    April 23, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. sand

    The only reason Obama doesnt want to debate is he loses his temper and if he isnt following his script he cant answer the questons!!!! He has never won a debate!!!! Whats the matter Obama supporters afraid your candidate wont fare well....ohhhh..cry like he does!!!! He is an arrogant horrible person...and he needs to pack it up and head back home

    April 23, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. Losers

    The losers on this blog who do nothing but post the same ridiculous drivel day in and day out need to get jobs, and seriously stfu. Are we really supposed to believe that you are geniuses and educated because you voted for Obama? Apparently you can't even read, because the results indicate that college graduates only voted for Obama over Clinton by a margin of 51-49 in PA. So take your smug, elitist, misguided self-satisfaction, and try doing something useful with your lives instead. I'm sure McDonald's is hiring. It's an absolute certainty that Hamburger College would more than quadruple your current value to society.

    April 23, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. O.J. OBAMA

    he deservise to win. Even if he didn't kill anybody. That's justice. Can he really 'change washington' with hope? It's not washington that needs the change anyway – it be, we, the, people. Fools.

    April 23, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. Timothy against BamBam S

    Lets face it, the only white vote Obama gets is the leftist liberals trying to prove their note racist. This guy has zero experience. Period. He could be purple for all I care. He's just not legit. Send him home to Illinois. Chicago people will believe anything. They dont even think its windy!!

    April 23, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. enough debate

    billary only agree to debate when she is broke. 21 debates is enough there is nothing new to say

    April 23, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. Jean

    Obama is scared to have a debate with such a strong person he tucks his tail and runs like the chicken he is.Come on obama just admit it you suck in debates because you dont have a script in front of you lol lol lol. Plus you are afraid that you might be asked some more questions that you can't answer you stink. GO HILLARY ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE. I loved your win last night you skunked him . Jean

    April 23, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. Phil

    Barack and Hillary have only had 3 debates manno a manno. The rest was with Barack hiding behind other candidates.

    I don't blame him for not debating. Hillary keeps eating his lunch at these debates. It's like varsity vs junior varsity...Really shameful.

    April 23, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. Sal in Phoenix

    One on one debates are very important right now..It appears that Obama is afraid of Hillary..We're starting to see the real Obama now...He can only stand alone and preach a sermon, he cannot debate on issues..He is a very weak candidate..Hillary is a tough lady..My moneys on Hillary.

    April 23, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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