Sunday, April 27, 2008

Clinton Challenges Obama to a Debate in Indiana

The way I read this is Obama is his best when he is giving speeches and having people fainting in the background. It has become apparent that Obama does not do well when he has to stand up to tough questions and scrutiny or think well on his feet.

Of course; maybe Obama already thinks he has the nomination wrapped up and doesn’t think he needs to attend anymore debates. Hillary is right IF he becomes president his free pass from the media will be taken away from him and he will have to answer tough questions.

By Karen Leigh and Catherine Dodge

April 26 (Bloomberg)—Hillary Clinton challenged Barack Obama to debate her before primaries in Indiana and North Carolina on May 6, an encounter her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination immediately declined to take up.

``I’m offering Senator Obama the chance to debate me one- on-one, no moderators,’’ Clinton said this afternoon at a rally at a baseball stadium in South Bend, Indiana. ``Just the two of us going for 90 minutes, asking and answering questions. We’ll set whatever rules seem fair.’’

Obama campaign communications director Robert Gibbs replied by saying that the candidates have participated in 21 nationally televised debates, including four exclusively with Clinton.

``Over the next 10 days, we believe it’s important to talk directly to the voters of Indiana and North Carolina,’’ Gibbs said in a statement.

After the candidates’ last debate, held April 17 in Philadelphia, Obama hinted he might be finished debating Clinton, dismissing the forums as little more than a chance for her to ``twist the knife.’’ Clinton, who trails Obama in total delegates, won the Pennsylvania primary this week, giving her campaign much-needed momentum.

Referring to the April 17 debate in Philadelphia, Clinton said, ``Senator Obama’s supporters complained a little bit about the tough questions.’’

``The tough questions in a debate are nothing compared to the tough questions you get asked when you’re president,’’ New York Senator Clinton, 60, said.

Obama, 46, has said the Philadelphia debate ``set a new record’’ because ``it took us 45 minutes before we even started talking about a single issue that matters to the American people.’’

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