Clinton Calls for Moderator-Free Debate

But Obama had ruled out debates before the next primaries
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2008 4:51 PM CDT
Clinton Calls for Moderator-Free Debate
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., talks to supporters at a town hall-style meeting in Anderson, Ind., Saturday, April 26, 2008.    (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Hillary Clinton wants one last debate before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries next month, and she’s ready to do it Lincoln-Douglas style. “After the last debate, Sen. Obama’s supporters complained a little about the tough questions,” Clinton told a crowd in South Bend today. “I’m offering Senator Obama a chance to debate me, one-on-one, no moderators.”

Clinton’s camp also wrote Obama, laying out a debate format: two candidates, 90 minutes, one open forum. “Just the two of them," the letter read. "No questioners, no panelists, no video clips. One candidate would speak for two minutes, then the other.” Obama has so far ruled out future debates, saying he’d rather talk directly to voters. (More Barack Obama stories.)

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