ANDERSON, Indiana (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton called for a Lincoln-Douglas-style debate with no moderator against her rival, Sen. Barack Obama, who says no more debates are needed before the May primaries.
In a TV interview to air Sunday, Obama flat-out denied any possibility that he would take part in a debate with Clinton before the next big round of primaries.
Shortly after maintaining that he isn’t “ducking” debates with his Democratic rival, the Illinois senator admitted that the two hopefuls are “not going to have debates between now and Indiana.”
Voters in Indiana and North Carolina will head to the polls May 6.
In the interview, Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked Obama why he was ducking another one-on-one meeting.
“I’m not ducking one. We’ve had 21,” Obama said. “We want to make sure we’re talking to as many folks possible on the ground taking questions from voters.” Watch more on the upcoming primaries »
In South Bend, Indiana, on Saturday, Clinton urged a debate modeled after the historic debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in 1858.
They were a series of formal debates throughout Illinois in a campaign for one of two U.S. Senate seats.
“I’m offering Sen. Obama a chance to debate me one-on-one, no moderators. … Just the two of us going for 90 minutes, asking and answering questions; we’ll set whatever rules seem fair,” she said.
“I think that it would give the people of Indiana and I assume a few Americans might tune in because nearly 11 million watched the Philadelphia debate. And I think they would love seeing that kind of debate and discussion. Remember, that’s what happened during the Lincoln-Douglas debates,” she added.
Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams sent a letter to Obama campaign manager David Plouffe on Saturday asking for another debate.
“I have no doubt that Sen. Obama, who hails from that great state, understands how valuable and vital these national conversations were to the heart of America. … If we debate, Americans will come,” Williams wrote.
Williams, who replaced Patty Soli