RBC Center to host presidential debate

April 8, 2008 4:24:24 PM PDT
The North Carolina Democratic Party announced the Democratic presidential debate will be held April 27 at the RBC Center in Raleigh.

The North Carolina Democratic Party said Tuesday the arena -- home of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes and N.C. State University's men's basketball team -- would host the 90-minute debate, to be broadcast on CBS.

Katie Couric and Bob Schieffer will moderate. It is scheduled to air at 8 p.m.

The only trouble? While Clinton's campaign agreed last week to debate on April 27, the date favored by the state party, Obama's camp wanted to debate a week earlier.

Obama spokesman Dan Leistikow said late Tuesday the campaign is still deciding whether the April 27 date works for his schedule.

"Senator Obama has debated Senator Clinton more than 20 times so far, and our campaign agreed to another debate in North Carolina that was proposed for the third week of April. Unfortunately, the Clinton campaign vetoed that date. We are still determining whether or not the later date works for Senator Obama's schedule," Leistikow said.

North Carolina's May 6 primary will divide 115 delegates between the Democratic candidates.

"North Carolinians are excited about the opportunity to hear from both candidates, right here in our state about the issues that are important to us," state party chairman Jerry Meek said in a statement. "Their participation in this debate will be the clearest indication of North Carolina's importance in this process."

The RBC Center is home to the N.C. State University men's basketball team and the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.

Seating will be limited due to a special set-up for the televised debate. For more information, monitor www.ncdp.org.


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