Obama Says No to More Debates
Candidate also slams old issue: 'If I lose, it won't be because of race'
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2008 5:33 PM CDT
Barack Obama said, "If I lose, it won't be because of race."   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama today rejected the idea of additional debates against Hillary Clinton, the Chicago Tribune reports. “I’m not ducking. We’ve had 21” debates, the senator said, insisting he prefers face-to-face talks with the kind of blue-collar voters who helped clinch Clinton’s Pennsylvania win.

In a Fox News Sunday appearance that ended the program’s 771-day “Obama Watch,” the candidate maintained that race is not key to his campaign, the New York Times reports. “If I lose, it won’t be because of race," he said. He vowed to draw support from working-class voters in the general election, adding that his backers aren’t simply “black voters or Chablis-drinking, limousine liberals.”