Clinton, Obama invited to debate

April 3, 2008 6:10:09 PM PDT
North Carolina is preparing for a showdown between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton is hoping for a season of victory in the Tar Heel state.

"I'm looking forward to being in N.C. in the springtime," Clinton said Thursday during a phone interview.

During the interview, the upbeatDemocraticcandidate announce plans to debate in N.C. on April 27.

Senator Obama hasn't agreed to that date, but did agree on a April 19 debate in N.C.

An Obama spokesman said Thursday the campaign wanted to debate before April 22, and is still deciding whether the new date fits into their schedule.

Voter in either Charlotte of Raleigh will get to see the event in person.

"There is no better option than N.C. State," a NCSU student said.

It's exciting news to student on the N.C. State campus where the debate would be held.

"I'm a registered Republican but that would be interesting," another student said.

Before the big debate Clinton is launching a new Web site, NCaskme.com. The Senator says she will answer the questions voters post online in her new TV ads that hit the air Friday.

"I'm committed to hearing from voters across the Tar Heel State, and so in this new ad, I'm asking N.C. to talk to me about the issues you have on your mind," Clinton said. "I want to know what keeps you up at night, what you're thinking about every morning?"

Obama's campaign is also reaching out to voters Thursday evening by kicking off a voter registration drive in the Triangle.

The two candidates have agreed to debate in Philadelphia on April 16, a few days before the Pennsylvania primary on April 22.

The contenders have debated 20 times during the presidential campaign. Their last meetings were in Texas on Feb. 21 and Ohio on Feb. 26 ahead of those states' primaries on March 4. Clinton won both contests.

State Democratic Party chairman Jerry Meek said he has yet to get a response from Obama's campaign, which did not immediately return calls seeking comment.


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