An­other de­bate

The Washington Times Weekly - - NATIONAL -

Demo­cratic 2008 front-run­ners Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton and Barack Obama said May 1 they will par­tic­i­pate in a June de­bate in New Hamp­shire.

The two sen­a­tors pre­vi­ously had opted not to at­tend be­cause the fo­rum was not one of the six de­bates sanc­tioned by the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee. But Mrs. Clin­ton, of New York, first an­nounced she would take part in the June 3 de­bate, hosted by CNN, ABC af­fil­i­ate WMUR-TV and the New Hamp­shire Union Leader news­pa­per. The Obama cam­paign soon af­ter said the Illi­nois sen­a­tor would at­tend as well, The Wash­ing­ton Times’ blog Fish­wrap re­ported.

Mrs. Clin­ton is “ex­cited to par­tic­i­pate” in what is an “im­por­tant part of the New Hamp­shire pri­mary tra­di­tion,” said spokesman Mo Ellei­thee.

“We look for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing in the DNC’s sched­ule of six sanc­tioned de­bates that be­gins in July,” he said.

Mr. Obama, of Illi­nois, says the de­bate in the “home of the na­tion’s first pri­mary is an op­por­tu­nity too im­por­tant to miss,” said his New Hamp­shire di­rec­tor, Matt Ro­driguez.

“We had hoped that the DNC and the de­bate’s spon­sors would agree to make this de­bate one of the DNC’s six sanc­tioned de­bates,” he said.

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