Politics & Government

Citing party unity, N.C. Dems cancel Clinton-Obama debate

RALEIGH — Plans for a debate in North Carolina between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were canceled Monday by the state Democratic Party.

The party cited "time constraints and logistical issues associated with such a large, national event." In a news release, party officials also cited growing concerns about how a debate would affect party unity.

Clinton had agreed to the debate, but Obama would not commit when he was asked about it during an appearance last week in Raleigh. He said the two had debated so much they had memorized each other's lines.

Both Clinton and Obama have agreed to attend the party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Friday, May 2, in Raleigh.

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