April 28th, 2008
09:31 AM ET
13 years ago

Clinton willing to debate on a flat-bed truck

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/28/art.clinton0427.ap.jpg caption="Clinton is pushing for more primary season debates."] WILMINGTON, North Carolina (CNN) - Ignoring Barack Obama’s insistence that he won’t participate in a debate before North Carolina and Indiana’s May 6 primaries, Hillary Clinton again challenged her opponent on Sunday night to a Lincoln-Douglas style debate without moderators.

“I have to say, I am very, very regretful that my opponent will not agree to a debate in North Carolina,” Clinton said to loud cheers as she wrapped up a rally. “We could even do it on the back of a flat-bed truck, it doesn’t even have to be in some fancy studio somewhere.”

Obama told reporters he would rather spend his time before May 6 “reaching out to folks” than being in a studio. A Clinton spokesman said she will continue to push for a debate.

Clinton also tackled two major economic problems in Sunday night’s speech. She suggested a gas tax holiday would be possible by imposing a windfall profits tax on oil companies and then called on the president and Congress to join her in halting the home foreclosures of service members.

“I was so upset when I learned recently that so many of our soldiers who are serving right now on combat tours of duty are losing their homes to foreclosure,” said Clinton. “We should immediately stop any home foreclosure against any member of the military serving on combat duty right now.”

Clinton campaigns in North Carolina Monday before returning to Indiana on Tuesday

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (260 Responses)
  1. Necie

    Another 2 words for Clinton: GO HOME!!

    April 28, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Lilarose in Oregon

    Hillary's continued insistence to get Obama in front of the people talking about the issues says to me that she will be just as insistent in doing her work as president.

    This fits with her ability to accomplish much with far less campaign money than Obama has. Hillary could do the same thing with our economy–and whoever is president is going to have to figure this out since we are quickly becoming the not-greatest-power-in-the-world.

    April 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Outdone

    I am sick of people picking on Hillary. She is the most qualified democratic candidate and if she doesn't run on the democratic ticket then I won't like it but I will have to vote McCain. The democrats really have to put the best person on the ticket or they can forget a win AGAIN. Obama will never win against McCain. Too many democrats will vote republican.

    April 28, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Dennis

    Not for Obozo:

    Obama is NOT snubbing people. He showed up to those 21 debates. Hillary did refuse his invitation to debate in NC. Don't you read the newspapers. She wants it her way or the highway. The voters beg to differ. They have two states voting and he has to talk to them rather than to Hillary. Hillary has redefined lying to "misspeak".

    April 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Steve

    This time can we get someone to ask questions that actually matter to us? No more fluff please! Will this debate provide anything new? The process is too long and I am quickly losing interest!

    April 28, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. The American People

    Talk to the voters, not the media

    April 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Donah

    Thanks for putting this in..... 'Love you !! Donah////

    April 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. diana

    haven't they already had 20 something debates?

    if I were Obama I'd say no, too-especially to Clinton! she is beyond tiresome.

    Obama's time is better spent talking to the people on the campaign trail.

    go, Obama
    go away, Clinton.

    April 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. yes

    Obama just can't debate. He has NO IDEAS.

    April 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Phil

    Can you blame him for not debating her.

    She keeps wiping the floor with him.

    That man is just too JV.

    April 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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