[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