CBS debate scuttled again

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The cancellation of the April 27 North Carolina Democratic debate has dealt a serious blow to the chances that "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric will moderate a debate.

After several weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations with the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the state party said Monday that it was canceling the debate that would have aired on CBS after "60 Minutes."

Clinton had agreed to the debate, which would have been held in Raleigh, but Obama's camp delayed a decision until at least the results of the North Carolina primary were in. CBS couldn't continue at this point without a commitment from Obama, the network said.

An attempt to hold a debate with Couric and "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer in December in Los Angeles was canceled because of the WGA strike.

NBC News has held two primetime debates, both on MSNBC, and ABC News held three in primetime on the broadcast network, including last week's gathering in Philadelphia.
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