Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says there will be no debate before North Carolina's primary on May 6.
On Saturday, Obama rival Hillary Rodham Clinton said she wants Obama to face off with her in a debate without a moderator, Lincoln-Douglas style before the primaries in Indiana and North Carolina.
Obama brushed aside the challenge, but said on "Fox News Sunday" that he's not ducking a debate.
He said the campaign wants to focus on taking questions from voters on the ground.
The more open style of debating where each side presents an argument gets its name from the famed debates that took place during the 1858 U.S. Senate race in Illinois between Republican Abraham Lincoln and Democrat Stephen Douglas.
Obama previously declined to a scheduled debate in Raleigh.